Origami Jalur Gemilang enters record book

Yeoh (in light blue) putting the finishing touches on the flag with a paper crane, together with (kneeling from left) Yeap, Ch’ng and Wong and visitors to the mall. — Photos: SAM THAM/The Star

IT WAS a unique show of patriotism when the Malaysia Origami Academy created the Jalur Gemilang with more than 6,000 paper cranes, in conjunction with Malaysia Day.

The creative work helped the academy etch its name in the Malaysia Book of Records for the Biggest Jalur Gemilang made from cranes via origami.

Measuring 5.06m in width and 10.3m in length, a total of 6,084 cranes were pasted on the floor of Damansara City Mall, Kuala Lumpur to form the flag.

Malaysia Origami Academy president Kenneth Ch’ng said the origami crane was selected because it was a symbol of hope and peace in traditional Japanese origami.

“According to Japanese legend, a wish will be granted for every 1,000 folded paper cranes.

“So we have six wishes here and I hope I can have a wish granted, which is for origami to become popular and all Malaysians to benefit from it,” he said at the launch of the attempt to create the largest Malaysian flag using origami cranes.

“A total of 412 students, including 60 Girl Guides from 23 schools, were involved in folding the paper cranes and creating the Jalur Gemilang.

“We only used aerosol-free origami paper imported from Japan so the students will not be exposed to unknown chemicals from the paper.

“This is also our first attempt to be in the Malaysia Book of Records,” he said.

Ch’ng added that origami has become increasingly important in enabling technological advancement with application in solar panels, airbags in car and various schools of engineering.

Deputy Women, Family and Community Minister Hannah Yeoh who was also present at the event, said she was proud to be part of the government under Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir.

“The history of Jalur Gemilang involved Dr Mahathir. After 40 years without a name, Jalur Gemilang was chosen as the name of the Malaysian flag on Aug 31, 1997, under his administration (as the fourth Prime Minister),” she said.

Visitors were also wowed by unique and complex origami in the form of a beetle, dragon, fictional characters, food, as well as mini origami. 

Also present were DC Mall Operation director C.C. Yeap, Malaysia Book of Records Business Development director Gillian Ooi, National Visual Arts Development Board trustee Phillip Wong, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College president Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei, Fine Paper Takeo Malaysia chief executive officer K.C. Chong as well as Malaysia Paper Association president Sherina Soh.

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