Displaying her national pride with home decor


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  • Saturday, 29 Aug 2020

All decked out: Juriah standing proudly with the ‘Merdeka’ decorations at her house in Taman Scientex, Pasir Gudang.

PASIR GUDANG: The National Month is much anticipated by housewife Juriah Abdullah as she gets to show her love for the country through her passion for home decor.

The 48-year-old mother of four said she had different ways to decorate her house each year to suit the National Day theme.

“For instance, the theme for National Day this year is ‘Malaysia Prihatin’ and I’ve painted those words on bamboo dining placemats in front of my house.

“I have also painted the Jalur Gemilang on a piece of heart-shaped wood as that is the logo for this year’s National Day,” she said in an interview at her house in Taman Scientex here on Thursday.

It took her at least five days to complete the Merdeka-themed decorations for her house.

“Putting up flags all over the house is a tradition that I grew up with and it does not feel right for me not to continue.

“I hope that my children will continue this practice,” she said.

Also taking the time to make unique Merdeka-themed decorations on their house was housewife Norashikin Arbien and her family from Kampung Sepakat Baru.

“We put up flags in our house every year but this year, we wanted to do something different.

“My mother came up with the idea to use plastics to make a replica of the hibiscus, which is the national flower and we all contributed to the process,” she said, adding that the family enjoyed working on the craft together.

She added that they spent about RM400 to deck their house with flags and other Merdeka-themed decorations.

Norashikin, 33, is not the only one from the village who went all out to show her patriotism in conjunction with National Day.

Kampung Sepakat Baru village chief Azmi Basiran, 51, said that all 207 houses in the village in Skudai had put up Malaysian flags.

“Although we could not carry out some of the activities that we would normally have for the National Month due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Merdeka spirit is still high among all 1,800 villagers.”

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