4 Years Old to Scale Eiffel Tower in Merdeka Spirit
It is charming story no doubt, yet what a daunting task for such a young child to be carrying the spirit of nation's independence (to be celebrated this Sunday on the 31st August).
Mohd Sharulnizam Mohd Noor, a 4 years old sprite, peddled as the youngest climber in Malaysia is planning to climb the 325-metre high Eiffel Tower 5 times this December all in spirit of celebrating Merdeka (independence day).
Sharulnizam's father, Mohd Noor Mat Amin, who works as a photographer for a local malay daily is also the hononary coach, acting guider and his active supporter will be accompanying the energetic boy to France.
The boy has already impressed the nation as well as stampped a name for himself in the Malaysian Book of Records earlier this year when he became the youngest climber to ascend the steps of KL Tower on June 6.
Both son and father have also climbed the newly opened 19-storey Felda Residence Hotel (of 432 steps) for 51 times over 2 days last weekend to match the years of Malaysia's independence.
And today, they managed to go up the KL Tower 51 times in their Merdeka Climb 2008 campaign. The KL Tower is 421m in height and it is the fifth tallest tower in the world, next only to CN, Ostankino, Oriental and Milad towers.
Mohd Noor said the plan was to leave for France in November to prepare Sharulnizam for training in Paris 2 weeks prior to the eventual climb of Eifel Tower.
In any case, the lively boy has been attending quite rigorous training sessions in KL and with no signs of quitting. His physical health and heartbeat are frequently monitored throughout trainings and climbs.
The boy had even cheekily remarked that he would love to fly the Malaysian flag from the top of Eiffel after the 5 climbs.
The father holds an optimistic view of the climb which he said to the local newswire, "Both of us have the stamina to complete the climb as I make it a daily routine to climb several flights of stairs at our apartment blocks in Kuala Lumpur. And my son has yet to complain of any aches or cramps."
However just by looking at the mischevious 4 years old boy who exclaims "I just love to climb", you know he's going to enjoy all the media attention (of course) but also the experience of climbing one of the most iconic tower in the world oui?