KLUANG: Khamis Ham Basri is only a labourer and does not wait to fly the Jalur Gemilang only during National Day.
The 52-year-old man uses discarded items such as water bottles and wires to build iconic buildings such as the KLCC and KL tower.
He also used old zinc sheets to build a giant replica of a red hibiscus at the entrance to his home in Kg Paya Baru in Layang Layang.
He also drives around the town area in his car flying dozens of Jalur Gemilang while his house is decorated with all the state flags and a giant 1Malaysia model made out of concrete.
“I only live in a kampung house with my family but I love my country and I am proud to be a Malaysian. To me we do not need to wait for Merdeka to fly the flag.
“This is my way of saying that I love my country,” he told StarMetro.
Khamis added that he has been taking his time and fulfilling his passion by making all these items for the past 20 years.
He added that he did not spend much on the items as most of the things were either donated or found among discarded items.
Khamis added that he knew some basic carpentry and that came in handy in doing all the replicas.
“Each year during Hari Raya or long holidays, I get all the visitors coming to my village to take pictures of my replicas.
“But it saddens me that each year the number of people flying the flag for events such as Merdeka seems to be on the decline based on the number of flags flown on cars, houses and buildings,” he added.
Khamis for his effort has won numerous state and district awards and prizes for his effort in promoting unity.
Asked about how he felt about racial unity in the country, he said that people should always be careful when they say things especially to the media or in the internet, which could offend others.
He said that unity among the races was important, as he did not want the country to be “destroyed” due to fights and mistrust among the various races.
Khamis said that even during the recent flood at his village involving at least five homes, he and his family went to assist their neighbours to pack and to be relocated to a nearby hall.
“I could not go to work several days as I was busy helping the flood victims,” he said, adding that he earned about RM1,500 a month.