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Kindergarten teacher goes all out to celebrate National Day

Last Update: 22/08/2019

BALIK PULAU, Aug 22 -- Flying the Jalur Gemilang has been a lifelong tradition for kindergarten teacher Normala Md Desa and she will feel uneasy if she doesn’t see the national flags flying proudly around her house during the national month.

Normala, 56, said she would feel uneasy to the extent of losing sleep if she didn’t hoist any Jalur Gemilang around her house during the national month.

“Personally, it doesn’t matter to me if I don’t have a new dress for Raya but not to have Jalur Gemilang installed at my house during the ‘Merdeka’ (national) month celebration is unacceptable.

In fact, Normala admitted that the National Day celebration every year would be lot livelier and merrier in her household compared to the Raya celebration due to the love of the country had been instilled in her by her father since she was young.

“From the time when I was 10 year old, I started accompanying my father installing the flags around the house. Every year, when comes to the National Day celebration, it is a special time for my family. When I was small it was difficult to buy the Jalur Gemilang and even then my father would ensure that our house would have at least 50 Jalur Gemilang flying at any one time.

“So from then on, I feel it is something that I need to do and it has been going on until now. Personally, I feel more excited to celebrate the month of August compared to Hari Raya. August is a very special month for me,” she told Bernama.

Every year Normala and husband, Tajuddin Abd Rani, 62, and children would come up with ideas on how to decorate their home to celebrate the national month and that they would start their preparation as early as Aug 1.

Normala, who teaches at the Tadika Perpaduan Jerejak, said this year she spent about RM3,000 to buy the Jalur Gemilang and to build a replica of the Bukit Bendera funicular or cable train and several other replicas that were placed around her house compound in Kampung Perlis, here.

She added that a replica of the Penang Bridge, made of pipes and planks and the Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC), which used 945 bottles of mineral water, were also placed in the compound.

“The KLCC Tower and the Penang Bridge replicas were built last year in conjunction with the Information Department's National Month’s contest. I was named as the winner at the state-level and first runner-up at the national-level. It was a bonus.

“What was important to me was that sense of satisfaction seeing such lively atmosphere at my house, flags everywhere, replicas and so on. I really enjoy the moments watching the flags flutter when the wind is blowing,” she said.

Normala said she was initially worried that her interest would turn off her fellow villagers but her apprehension was short-lived as they often came to her house just to enjoy the atmosphere, including tourists would stop just to take pictures.

The mother of five said she often asked her husband, children and grandchildren to join in her interest as she wanted to instill patriotism and love for country in the younger generation.

Her fourth child, Nurul Nadiah Tajuddin, 22, had shown interest and she hoped that her daughter would follow her footsteps and keep the family's tradition.

Nurul Nadiah, meanwhile, said she was proud of her mother who was willing to buy hundreds of the national flags to show her love for the country.

“I feel good and proud because not many people have such deep enthusiasm as my mother. Helping her is not that hard even though sometimes I have to climb to hoist a flag,” she said.




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