JEMPOL: A couple from Felda Raja Alias 4 here have gone the extra mile in showing their spirit of patriotism this National Day by spending hundreds of ringgit to decorate their home with over 200 Jalur Gemilang.
Interestingly, the flags have also been transformed into a variety of elements including the ‘wau bulan’ (moon kite) and hibiscus flower.
Kamarudin Ahmad, 64, and his wife Zaiton Yasir, 60, said they took about two weeks to decorate their home located on a hill at the Felda settlement.
“Over 200 flags have been put up to create a festive atmosphere, including decorating the six meter-high view tower nearby.
“I find it fulfilling to see the home and vicinity become more vibrant. The living room has also been decorated with recycled items such as tin cans,” he said, when met at his home today.
Kamarudin said following a friend’s suggestion, he sent in his participation form for the home decoration competition organised by the state information department.
“I was happy to learn that I had been chosen to compete at the state level. Nevertheless, I don’t really think about winning, as what’s more important is how we express our love for the nation,” he said.
Zaiton said their home, dubbed ‘Teratak Impian’, is special to her family as they had fallen and risen together when faced with challenges since they moved to the settlement 34 years ago.
“Our relationship has become even stronger as we spend time and do the decorations together,” she said, adding that her family’s show of patriotism had inspired others in the settlement to do the same.
She said their efforts had also received the support of Felda’s top management which she hoped would encourage the residents to continue to fly Jalur Gemilang as a symbol of love for the country.