Tailor turns heads at Merdeka celebration with unique costume

Esther Landau

PUTRAJAYA: Of the 300,000 people who thronged Dataran Perdana for the 61st National Day celebration here today, one specially-attired man stood out.

Mohammad Jamil Abdul Hamid, 60, was dressed in a unique outfit, complete with a turban, which featured the Jalur Gemilang to express his patriotic spirit and love for the country.

Jamil, a tailor, told reporters at the event that it took him one week to design and sew the entire costume.

“I made the clothes and turban myself. Every year, I always come out with different outfit designs for the Merdeka celebration.

“I want to show my love for the country by creating such attire and I feel proud of it,” he said, adding that it took him a month to come up with the concept for this year’s outfit.

Jamil was accompanied by his daughter, who flaunted a similar getup as her father’s.

Meanwhile, visitors and tourists from all walks of life were mesmerised by the colourful performances and contingent parades at the celebration.

Present were Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Cabinet ministers, government officers, Royal Malaysian Police representatives, Royal Malaysian Air Force representatives and more.

The celebration this year was the first under the new Pakatan Harapan government.

The theme was “Sayangi Malaysiaku.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd