Malaysia, 13 April 2010 (Somalilandpress) – The Educational Trip to Sabah (ETS) which was scheduled from 13 – 20 March 2010 successfully concluded its mission. It was organised by the Student Support Services Department (SSSD), Student Representative Council (SRC) and International Student Council (ISC) with the support from PETRONAS Group Corporate Affairs (GCA), PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Unit (ESU) and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP).

The objectives of the programme are to familiarize students with the incredible diversity of the eco system, understand its importance and enhance the love for it; and encourage a caring society by reminding students of their responsibility towards the surrounding community through community service activities.

ETS was participated by 36 students comprising 26 international students from 26 different countries including Cambodia, Chad, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Somaliland, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen; and 10 local students. The only Somali in the group was Ahmed Mahdi of the Towers university, a Somalilander (see pictures).

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The programme started on 14 March 2010 when all participants visited Sunday Market at Gaya Street (also known as Pasar Tamu) and Sabah Museum. In the evening, the ETS group went to Kudat Traditional Rungus Longhouse and visited the “Tip of Borneo” where the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea meet.

On the second day, the ETS group went to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Matunggong in Kudat. The ETS group was warmly welcomed by the teachers, staff and students of the school. The activities organised were sharing sessions and various educational games with the school students. In the evening, the ETS group departed to Aristo Kinabalu Resort in Kundasang.

On the third day, the ETS group departed to Kinabalu National Park. Before they started climbing at 10.30 a.m., a few participants were interviewed by the print media and television stations such as the Daily Express, the Borneo Post, Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad (TV3) about the programme. Later, a cameraman from TV3 followed the group to climb Mount Kinabalu. At about 3.30 p.m., the group reached Laban Rata and spent a night there.

The final step of climbing the mountain was on 17 March 2010 at about 2.00 a.m. when they started climbing the summit. The highlight of the programme was when all the ETS participants successfully conquered the peak of Mount Kinabalu at about 5.30 a.m.. History was made when one group consisting of 27 nations reached the peak of Mount Kinabalu at one time. All participants proved their determination and courage to conquer Mountain Kinabalu which stood at 4095 meters (13,435 ft) above sea level.

On the fifth day, the ETS group visited PETRONAS Sabah/Labuan Regional Office (KKRO). They were given a briefing on PETRONAS operations in Sabah. It was a very enlightening session. At 2.30 p.m., the ETS group was invited to meet Assistant Youth and Sports Minister of Sabah, Datuk Jahid Jahim at his office.

On the sixth day, the ETS group visited Universiti Malaysia Sabah and they were warmly welcomed by its Student Representative Council Exco members. In the evening, the ETS group went to an orphanage home known as “Darul Bakti” at Kota Belud. The group organised various activities including motivational sessions with the 50 orphans.

On the last day, they went for a tour of Tuanku Abdul Rahman Park and Sapi Island before returning to Kuala Lumpur with sweet memories and wonderful experience.


  1. Oh what makes people different is just remembering when your nation needs you. that man gives me a good moral,couse he remebered as for the best moment that he can help us may allah helps him for the best moment that he needs help.

  2. I have always had a dream of climbing mount Everest. I also have a Nepalese colleague who agreed to give me contacts in his country for assistance!! So now this guy gave me a little more motivation to take out my Somaliland flag and head to Nepal. InshaAllah, we will not go just to the moon but also Mars and beyond.

  3. Good going Ahmed! Holding up the National Flag high up in the sky among other students on the highest mountain is indeed a morale boosting for every Somalilander around the globe and a sense of Nationalism from a young man like yourself.

    Way to go, Ahmed Mahdi!

  4. Waa wax lagu farxo in aad aragto qof isku taxalujunaya inuu Waddankiisa kor u qaado, hase yeeshee dadkeenna reer Somaliland waxa ay u badan yihiin qaar ay Jibo madaxmartay, hase yeeshee marka ay runtu timaado inuu qof waliba ka qaybqaato wax waddanka dan u ah, ay dabada meermeeriyaan oo laga waayo wixii markaa looga baahnaa ee waxtar ah.

    U fiirsada arrintan ood ka helin doontaa qof waliba halka uu joogo. Haddii maanta aad tidhaahdo war aynu was muuqda waddan u qabano, marka hore waxaad arkaysaa iyagoo u qushuucay rayiga, hase yeeshee markay runi run timaado ee weydiiso wixii looga baahnaa ayaa arkaysaa qofkiiyo isbedelay.

    Anigu waxaan arkay in badan waana mid caam ku ah dadkeena.

  5. what amazing seen,,,, what i noticed from this picture is that how somalilalnd flag is different and attractive than others,, i do not know if you have the same feelings as mine too!!!

    i'm very proud of the brother who made this happen.

  6. Woow this is the biggest surprise for me in recent times, to see our flag flying so high among other nations.

    Ahmed Mahdi job well done, you made us all proud!

    Thats the example our young people need.

  7. This brother is an inspiration he and the other btother who drove from Europe to Somaliland in a car with the Somaliland flag. Rag baa u nool, and as Boqoljire said we need to do more to awaken the spirit of our people who seem a sleep. Hopefully we can start from madaxtooyada. We are the change we seek.

  8. May this flag forever remain high in the sky all over the world. That was an action so portraying our patriotism. Thanks to the team involved in this effort.

  9. Hon. Sheikh Abdilla it's good to see that our Guurti is also online and able to comment and participate with their fellow citizens. This is the sort of equality and respect for one another we always wanted this nation.

    I hope the Guurti can do something about this, for me its not about the mountain but his intension and how he remembered his nation among strangers that never heard of such nation.

    Instead of carrying our old lost blue flag that we donated to our troubled neighbours in the south, he remembered his new flag of hope and justice.

    For me thats what this event means, I dont care about how tall the mountain his, what he did is noble and thats taller than any mountain.

  10. I am so happy to see Somaliland flag with other nations in this mountain , I would like to thanks Ahmed Mahdi and I say " Calanyahoo haa dhicin waliqaa dhisnow"" I love my somaliland and 4ever SOMALILAND

  11. thnx guys, waa waanjib ina saaran inaynu prove garayno Nation keena, it doesn’t matter hw long its going 2 take, but one day insha Allaah we’ll reach our target…..again thnx

  12. waaryaaraheeeeeeeeeen xageebaad kunooshihiiin , somali-land …dee haayee magacanoo kala gooya somali baan ahaidinkuna ba tiiin , kulaabohadakaaga , flagaas keenii maaha waa mis ilaa iyo hadda waxaanan ceeb ahayn iyo dulli nimo aa n wali soo hoyyin , qoodhaa iyo eradaayee , warkainaga toosi huuno !!!!!

    salama calaykun

  13. oh you are really native somalilander
    waxaad gudatay hawl ku saaran oo dhamaan somalilander ka oo dhan laga sugayo inay magacooda iyo calankoodaba sare u qaadan you done good job baarakallah akhiii