KOTA KINABALU - Twenty-four people are set to put their names in the record books next month as the largest visually-impaired group to scale Mount Kinabalu.
They are among 30 people from the Society of the Blind in Malaysia (SBM) who will be climbing Malaysia's highest peak from Nov 2 to Nov 5 to mark the society's Golden Jubilee Year.
SBM president and expedition leader Mohammed Nazari Othman said the climb would encourage the blind to work towards their own self-advancement.
"This is also to encourage the blind in Malaysia to uphold their rights and to live as contributing citizens in the country," he said.
Mohammed Nazari said the record-breaking attempt would help improve communication and understanding between the visually impaired and the rest of the community.
He added that the three-week expedition would pose many challenges in terms of perseverance, self-esteem and endurance among the members.
In its 50 years, SBM has encouraged Braille reading and writing, given language classes, computer literacy courses, creative writing, handicraft-making and held seminars for its members.