Merdeka spirit not diminished by disability #KITAPUNYA

Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

KOTA BARU: Disability has not diminished the determination of a 77-year-old trishaw rider to celebrate the coming Merdeka Day with his friends.

As in previous years, Abdul Rahman Konok has decorated his old trishaw with the help of his friends in the preparation for the country’s Independence Day.

“Each time the Independence Day arrives, me and my friends will be attending the state-level celebration either at Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium or other location’s.

“We look forward to the celebration annually because it is one way for us to show our Merdeka spirit,”said Abdul Rahman.

Met by NSTP here today, Abdul Rahman was accompanied by his two best friends - Zainal Abidin Busu, 75, and Dollah Manaf,65, who helped him to decorate his trishaw with the Jalur Gemilang.

Abdul Rahman who lost his right hand when he was teen due to cancer, said he would not let his disability to stop him from continuing attend Merdeka Day celebrations which would take place in another six days.

The father of four said he would attend the National Day do with his two best friends as usual, despite having to travel some 25km from his home in Kampung Perol to the state capital.

Meanwhile, Zainal said they shared their money to buy Malaysia flag to decorate Abdul Rahman’s trishaw.

“We have been close friends for more than 20 years. Whatever happens, we will remain together.

“I knew that Abdul Rahman did not have money to buy the flags as his income is only enough for him and his family but he still has the spirit to celebrate the 61st Merdeka Day.

“Therefore, we shared money to buy the flags to decorate his trishaw,”he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd