IPOH: Born in April 1957, 61-year-old D. Pushpa is very appreciative of the country's independence, so much so that he actively instils the spirit of patriotism in his family members.
The senior citizen, who resides in Bunton here, often reminds his grandchildren to be grateful for the country’s peace and encourages them to attend National Day programmes.
Speaking to the NSTP today, Pushpa said his family never fails to attend the annual Jalur Gemilang bicycle show organised by Kampung Baru Rukun Tetangga on Jalan Sungai Pari.
“We’ve participated in the bike parade for the past five years and this year, my six grandchildren are taking part.
“My family and I spent about a week decorating six bicycles with the Jalur Gemilang,” he said during the launch of the Jalur Gemilang Bicycle Parade at SK Guru Kalghidar here this morning.
The event was launched by Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran, who is also Ipoh Barat Member of Parliament.
The programme, which has been held for the past 16 years, saw the participation of 35 children riding bicycles decked out in Jalur Gemilang in conjunction with the upcoming National Day celebrations.
Pushpa said his six grandchildren — L. Kirthana, 15; Subanu, 14; Monish Raj, 10; twin brothers Mugunthan and Mukesh, 13; and G. Sarrena, 14 — were excited to be part of the event.
“Such activities not only bring families and neighbours closer together but this is also a great and fun way for kids to celebrate National Day,” he said.
Meanwhile, 13-year-old participant Nur Liyana Maisarah Shahrul Anuar said she had during the programme, which was attended by most of her friends in Medan Buntong Permai.
“This is my third year attending the parade and I decorated my bike with the help of my family and neighbours, who won third prize for the best-decorated bikes twice before.
“Besides the Jalur Gemilang, my bike also features all previous prime ministers, the Malaysian coat of arms and the flags of all the states in Malaysia,” she said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd