The tour guide takes a 700 km trip to visit the old school

JOHOR BARU: Salleh Abu Bakar has shown that age is just a number after riding over 700 km on his scrambler bike.

The 72-year-old Langkawi tour guide began his journey from the island to his alma mater Maktab Rendah Sultan Abu Bakar, better known as English College (EC), here.

It only took him two days to complete the mission.

Upon arriving yesterday, he handed over a donation of RM10,500 to his former school, one of the oldest in Johor.

The money, intended for the renovation of the surau, was collected by him and his former classmates.

“I discussed it with my class of 68 alumni and we raised the funds within a week,” he said when meeting at EC.

Salleh has fond memories of school.

“The last time I came back here was about five years ago, but this is the first time I’ve set foot in EC since graduating in 1968,” he said. said, adding that he was grateful to his former teachers who molded him into the man he is today.

Recalling his school days, Salleh said he was publicly caned in front of other students and teachers for skipping rugby and football practice.

“I didn’t dare tell my parents because I was going to get another round of rattan from them.

“Unlike those days, parents or students these days will take action against teachers who try to install discipline,” he added.

Salleh said bike riding is one of the things he wants to do in his life.

“When I told my family about it, my wife and three daughters were quite hesitant at first because they were worried about my safety.

“I told them to pray for me and it would be a safe journey,” he added.

Salleh said that aside from the heavy traffic, the weather was the biggest challenge on his trip.

“It was hot and humid, and sometimes I encountered heavy rain, but it was a whole new experience,” he added.

On his plan in Johor, Salleh said he would spend a few days in Muar to meet his old friends before returning to Langkawi on his bicycle.

He revealed that his next mission is to organize a gathering of alumni to raise funds for the school.