KOTA BARU: In an effort to instill the spirit of patriotism in his young son, Sapian Daud took several days off work to help Mohd Darwish Adrian, eight, decorate his bicycle for a school competition.
“Since last year, Mohd Darwish had wanted to take part in the school’s Merdeka bicycle competition but I did not allow him as he was still not good at cycling,” Sapian, 32, told Bernama here today.
Sapian’s efforts were not in vain, as in the end, Mohd Darwish won the competition organised by his school, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Redang here today.
Sapian said he spent about RM300 to buy 61 flags of various sizes, to mark the country’s 61 years of independence, to decorate his youngest child’s bicycle.
Together, they worked out ideas to decorate to beat the other participants, including wrapping Mohd Darwish’s bicycle rims with flags.
“We stayed up late last night to add the final touches. I could see that Mohd Darwish was very excited and could not wait to take his bicycle to school this morning,” he said.
Safian said as a father, he was proud of his son’s determination and their creativity which won his son first place in the competition.
However, he said, winning was not the main reason for their participation but more importantly, he wanted to instil in his son a love for the country.
Besides decorating the bicycle, Safian also had special clothes and songkok made from flags for Mohd Darwish.
“I wanted my son to understand the meaning of independence. I want him to appreciate that we have in this country,” he said.
Safian said on Merdeka Day tomorrow, Mohd Darwish will ride his bicycle around their village Kampung Banggol. — Bernama © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd