IPOH - The group of youths who scaled the Ipoh sign at Gunung Lang has apologised publicly for their actions.
One of the youths, Norfarihan Baharudin, 24, admitted that they were wrong to do so and hoped for forgiveness.
"We had wanted to apologise earlier after getting to know that our photographs and videos had went viral.
"We did not have the chance to do explain ourselves after getting much flak from netizens," she said after a meeting with Perak Youth Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya at the state secretariat building here on Wednesday.
She was accompanied by four others, including Azlina Azmin, 21, Nor Farina Baharudin, 22, Muhammad Zaki Nasarruddin dan Muhammad Faiz Roslee, both 23.
Norfarihan said she and her friends have experienced taking part in extreme activities, including one who performs stunt actions in local films.
"We are also actively going on hiking trips abroad.
"Prior to scaling the Ipoh sign, we have thought about our safety but just that we did not expect the matter to go viral and criticised," she said, adding that they chose to scale the sign because of its uniqueness.
"We are not doing it to get popularity and our photographs went viral after being interviewed by a blogger for the website The Vocket," she added.
Shahrul Zaman said he hoped the group could use their courage and expertise in such extreme activities on proper channels.
"They could form a club like the Silver Youth Climbers which could attract more youths to take part in such activities.
"These can be done positively according to the respective laws while ensuring their own safety," he said.