In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014, the Malaysia Interaction Culture Association (MICA) and the BP Healthcare Group jointly organised the Malaysia-Japan Culture Interaction Ride 2014 starting from Tuesday, July 22 till Thursday, August 14. The ride is ongoing in Japan and it involves eight local cyclists, four men and four women.
The reasons behind the ride were announced during a press conference held on Wednesday, July 16 at BP Healthcare Headquarters, Ipoh. Former mayor and Director of BP Healthcare Group, Dato’ Haji Roshidi Hashim, said that the objective was to encourage cultural interaction between Malaysia and Japan besides promoting Ipoh as a healthcare centre. BP Healthcare Group, as the main sponsor, also provided free medical check-ups for the participants.
“BP Healthcare Group would like to tell the world that Ipoh is not only rich in history but a city that emphasises the importance of healthcare,” he told reporters.
Camees Foong, Secretary of MICA, said that the cyclists would cover approximately 4000km passing through 37 cities and rural areas of Japan.
“We thank BP Healthcare Group for sponsoring the ride. Hopefully, it will help connect the world through the exchanges of cultural values,” she said.
The association will organise another cycling extravaganza in September. The event named, “1, 2, 3 Ride”, is to create awareness in the public about the goodness of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through cycling. It will be held in conjunction with Malaysia Day on Tuesday, September 16.