Posted by: Gurindam Jiwa | Sunday, October 5, 2003

Everest Conquerors Honoured

Everest Conquerors Honoured
Sunday Star 5 October 2003

Magendran, Jamling Tenzing, Chew & Mohanadas Everest Golden Jubilee Celebrations in Kuala Lumpur
GO-GETTERS ALL: Magendran, Norgay, Chew and Mohanadas looking at their awards at the Mount Everest 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee celebrations held in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

KUALA LUMPUR: M. Magendran and N. Mohanadas, the first Malaysians to make it to the top of Mount Everest in 1997, were among five persons honoured for their achievements at the Mount Everest 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee celebrations held here.

Organised by Rainwalker Tenzing Adventures Sdn Bhd, the Malaysian celebration also saw similar recognition given to Chew Yew Kai, Anthony Wong and the late Nor Ramlee Sulaiman.

The event featured an illustrative presentation by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, mountaineer and eldest son of Tenzing Norgay, who along with Sir Edmund Hillary were the first men to climb to the top of the mountain in 1953.

Award Presentation by Jamling to Chew Yew Kai
Award Presentation by Jamling to Chew Yew Kai.

“If you have the will to climb the world’s highest mountain, you can do it,” he said during his presentation entitled “Touching My Father’s Soul — An Odyssey to the Top of Everest.”

Jamling said he had wanted to fullfil his dream by following in his father’s footsteps. “I wanted to know what he experienced and loved about climbing mountains.”

He had the opportunity to do so when he was invited to be the climbing leader for Everest Imax Filming Expedition in 1996.

Roslin Abdul Jalil, accepted the award for Nor RamleeHe presented the first award to Chew, who founded the Pioneer Movement — which tought schoolboys jungle-trekking, navigation and survival techniques — in Setapak High School in the early 1960s.

The other recipients were Wong, founder of the Asian Overland Services, an adventure tourism company, and Nor Ramlee, who led the Malaysia Everest 1997 expedition. His widow, Roslin Abdul Jalil, accepted the award.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk M. Kayveas said this group of Malaysians, who had put the nation on the world map, took the concept of “Malaysia Boleh” seriously.



  1. Meet the Phil: Mr Chew Yew Kai

  2. In the Malay Mail today:

    “He only taught at Setapak High School and was responsible for creating two exclusive co-curriculum activities for the students during his tenure. They were the Scottish Pipes and Drums Society, taught by the local police department and the Pioneering Society.”

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