Malaysian bikers find Zambo very peaceful PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 April 2011 15:07

Big bike riders from Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei were all praises for Asia’s Latin City upon arrival here Wednesday night, stressing that they found Mindanao, Zamboanga City in particular to be very peaceful contrary to what they have heard from the media.

Datu Douglas Primos of Sabah, who acted as head of the 16-man biking delegation, said the primary objective of their coming to the county on bikes was to bring the new riders from their Asian countries to Mindanao and show them that Mindanao is a safe place to ride to, is a new destination and is an exciting place.

“Cultures may be different but then there is a lot to learn when they ride to Mindanao. They can come with the message of peace and good tidings,” said Datu Primos, who has come to Zamboanga City three times. His first visit was in 2005 and second three years later.

Asked whether or not he had certain fears before coming to this part of Southeast Asia, Primos declared, “Yes! People told me I was crazy to come to Zamboanga City, but when I arrived here and drove around, I was safe… they are actually crazy, not me.”

Of the 16 bikers, 1 came from Brunei, 3 from Indonesia, and the rest from the different parts of Malaysia—2 from Sabah, 3 from Kuala Lumpur and 7 from Sarawak.

They left Sabah, Malaysia Monday and arrived here Wednesday night on board MV Danica Joy, an interisland vessel. The group then drove their luxury motorcycles around the city yesterday, visited the historic City Hall in the afternoon and paid a courtesy call on City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., officer-in-charge in the absence of Mayor Celso Lobregat, who left for Manila earlier.

Datu Primos said that except him and two others, all the rest of the group are first-timers in Zamboanga. “I invited them to come, taste and see for themselves what Zamboanga is all about. Hopefully, these 13 new bikers will invite their friends back home and tell them that Mindanao or Zamboanga City for that matter is a peaceful place.”

“If we achieve that objective, then I think it’s great,” Primos said, as he expressed his gratitude to the city government through Orendain for the warm welcome accorded his group.

From Zamboanga, the Asian riders will drive to Cotabato then Davao City where they will attend the Bikers Club Federation conference. On May 2, they will proceed to Cagayan and stay two days before driving back to Zamboanga and stay for two days in time for the boat’s trip back to Sabah, Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Gerrardo Reynaldo of the Mindanao Development Authority, which is coordinating the bikers, said the program of inviting riders from other parts of Southeast Asia aims to promote tourism opportunities in Zamboanga and others parts of Mindanao. — Vic Larato