To all my friends,
Mount Kinabalu is a very beautiful place to all of us. It is like a second home to many mountain guides, including myself. For many tribes in Sabah, it is a spiritual place. From the earthquake disaster which affected Mount Kinabalu, we have learned many lessons and experience a suffering and sadness like never before deep in our hearts. We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the families of victims of the tragedy. We pray that their loved ones will rest in peace. We realised many parties have initiated help in collecting public donations for the victims of Mount Kinabalu. We sincerely hope that the contribution from everyone will reach the victims’ families soon and help them in many ways.
During the entire ordeal, we were asked by many of our friends, climbers and guests that have joined us before: “How about the Mountain Guides?” “Are they safe?” “Did they face any injury?” “Do they need any help?”
We believe not just the families of victims deserve support, but also the living heroes of this tragedy – our respected Mountain Guides (porters included). We must realize that most of these natives which are mostly from the Dusun tribe are supporting their families through the income from guiding climbers up the mountain. Some of them even earn an income as low as RM800 per month. Many of them may undergo a period without income as Sabah Parks has stopped all climbing activities for immediate safety reasons and for further in-depth assessment and/or while the trail pathways to be later properly re-constructed. We believe such necessary efforts should not be rushed and restoration efforts may take a longer than a normal expected time as we are dealing with an earthquake disaster. We also believe our heroic Mountain Guides deserve more than praise, because they have performed very brave acts rescuing the stranded climbers and casualties, and risking their lives doing so in the midst of the many aftershocks.
Therefore, my team and I would like to gather public support to show appreciation to the local heroes that helped during the search and rescue mission, through The Mountain Guides Association of Mount Kinabalu (Pemangkina). There are as many as 250 mountain guides registered with Pemangkina at the moment. We would like to stress that even if they were not there during the SAR mission, they had once been there assisting climbers up and down the mountain, many previously assisted Sabah Parks with the construction of safety tracks, many were also acting as porters for injured climbers, carrying bags, food, bedding and building materials, etc. therefore they too deserve to be at least recognised.
To get the ball rolling, my team and I will contribute 30 pieces of double-layered windbreaker jackets worth RM300/each (RM9000 in total) to Pemangkina.
If you wish to offer a windbreaker jacket as tribute to their brave efforts, you can contact Jackz Lee at +6016-543-4682.
If you wish to contribute directly to Pemangkina, you can transfer funds directly to:
Bank Account Name: Persatuan Malim Gunung Kinabalu
Bank Name: CIMB Bank
Bank Account Number: 8005609923
Secretary: Abdul Hasnin +6013-877-2687
Thank you very much for your help in supporting the Mountain Guides of Mount Kinabalu.
Jackz Lee and his mountain climbing team
P/S: By the way, I realize some of you are trying to donate to me rather than for my cause. Thanks for your help. But actually I am a licensed tourist guide & tour operator, not a native mountain guide. So I do not need donations of any kind and will not accept a single cent. However, these native Mountain Guides are like family to me, so I truly wish that there are kind people out there who will help them.