CHALLENGING: 200 people took part and the event is meant to encourage public transport
JOHOR BARU: ISKANDAR Malaysia Public Transport Corporation (PAIM) organised a TransIskandar Transport Race 2013 recently.
This was believed to be the first treasure hunt in the country that used buses to ferry participants to their checkpoints.
The treasure hunt, mapped out by Hunt Masters Communication had 200 participants from Johor Baru, Kuala Lumpur, New Zealand, Australia, Norway and Germany.
With two to four members in each team, participants started from the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) at 9am and went on to Jalan Trus and Jalan Tan Hiok Nee looking for clues.
They were about eight checkpoints scattered all over the city.
They were required to answer questions on various places, modes of transport and complete special tasks while being mindful of road safety.
This is because the treasure hunt marshal at the checkpoint will penalise any team that is not following regulations.
One of the participants, Cecilia Mah, 38, teamed up with her friend, Angie Ng, 40, to look for answers along the Heritage Walk at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.
"The questions are challenging, but it is a good exercise for us in the morning," Mah said.
At another checkpoint along Legaran Segget, near Jalan Wong Ah Fook, participants were given the task of making the marshal laugh within 30 seconds.
Razi Wood, 35, from New Zealand, and his wife Nazra, 27, had to put on their thinking cap for creative ways to complete this task.
"I wanted to create a funny face by using make-up products but I did not bring any of it to this treasure hunt," Nazra said with a sigh.
Meanwhile, a team of three, from Johor Jaya and Kg Melayu Majidee, managed to hold a brief discussion while boarding a bus from the Public Bank Tower to a checkpoint at KIP Mart Tampoi, Jalan Skudai Lama.
During the journey, they passed by Danga Bay where they needed to look for clues among the historical buildings in Jalan Ibrahim.
Three 18-year-olds, Firdaus Hassan, Muhammad Afiq Mohd Arif Leow and Aqilah Khalid, emphasised teamwork during the hunt.
Most of the time they were huddled in a group looking for clues and discussing the questions.
The race ended at the Johor Bahru City Square.
PAIM chief executive Mohd Gadaffie Abdul Aziz said he hoped that the activity, which was held in conjunction with the TransIskandar Karnival and the TransIskandar Public Transport Week had encouraged the use of public transport.
He said in order to emphasise the need for open spaces with less cars, games such as basketball, street soccer and volleyball as well as flash mob was held in front of MBJB.
"We want the public to get excited about the use of public transport.
"We are planning to have another public transport related event during the second half of the year," he said.
He added that PAIM was conducting a comprehensive study to introduce the Bas Rapid Transit as a feeder bus in Johor Baru and its surrounding areas.