ALOR SETAR: Paddy farmer Mohd Salleh Md Lazim has no qualms about spending RM500 to buy and place some 200 Jalur Gemilang at his house in Kampung Pinang, Simpang Empat, definitely a praiseworthy effort as the nation gears up for Merdeka Day. Salleh, 47, said he didn’t mind this as he aimed at enlivening the Merdeka spirit among his family and the neighbourhood residents. He however expressed his disappointment over the disappearance of some the flags that were stolen by irresponsible people. “If my flags got stolen, I would have to fork out more money to buy new ones. However, I refused to let this dampen my enthusiasm in decorating the house compound with Jalur Gemilang. “It was never my intention to show off; it was the patriotism burning in my soul that inspired me to fly the flag as a show of gratitude to the fighters who had sacrificed a lot for the country,” he said when met at his house yesterday. Apart from putting up the national flag, Salleh also drew Jalur Gemilang, Kedah state flag and hibiscus, the national flower of Malaysia, on his house’s walls and ceiling. “Last year, I drew Jalur Gemilang on the ceiling and this year, I added hibiscus on the wall to make it more interesting. “My family and I took turns to draw and paint (the flower). Over 90 per cent (of the mural) is now completed and I am extremely satisfied with this,” said the father of five.
Paddy farmer Mohd Salleh Md Lazim has no qualms about spending RM500 to buy and place some 200 Jalur Gemilang at his house in Kampung Pinang, Simpang Empat, definitely a praiseworthy effort as the nation gears up for Merdeka Day. Pix by Sharul Hafiz Zam
After 11 years of decorating his house with Jalur Gemilang, Salleh hoped that his efforts would receive attention from corporate companies or government agencies to enable the work to be continued next year. He said he had a lot of ideas to decorate his house, but his capability was restricted by financial limitation. “I wish to place more flags in front of my especially along Terusan (canal) Wan Mat Saman as a show of thanks to the farmers and fore leaders for their contribution to create an irrigation system for paddy fields. “I am sure that road users plying the Alor Setar-Sungai Petani route would be even more impressed by the numerous flag decoration in front the house and canal,” he added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd