PONTIAN: In true Merdeka Day spirit, the teachers and pupils of SJKC Chung Hwa in Kayu Ara Pasong, here, worked together to deliver a giant patchwork blanket to commemorate Malaysia's 55th year of independence.
It took 10 teachers, 30 pupils and four support staff, led by headmaster Diong King Chai, about 90 days to stitch together the 10,000 patches that made up the 81sq m blanket.
The cost was RM600.
It is not surprising that Diong was satisfied with the result -- the blanket is a veritable work of art
"The blanket is a symbol of the teachers and pupils' solidarity and unity.
"As it is to celebrate National Day, we used the motifs and colours of the national flag," he said at the school's Love Malaysia programme.
Also present was Pulai Sebatang assemblyman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, Pontian deputy education officer Hamid Selamat, Pontian education office co-curricular supervisor Abd Ghani Jaafar and Api-Api village head Sharon Taib.
Diong explained that patchwork was an old Chinese tradition practice. Pieces of cloth are collected from neighbours and friends to sew together a blanket.
"The blanket is believed to bring good luck and ward off bad luck for new born babies," he said.
In context to SJKC Chung Hwa, Diong said the work showed the school spirit of determination and unity.