Ju­maro Ben­dera’s love af­fair with Jalur Gemi­lang

Born on Aug 31, 1957, Ju­maro does what comes nat­u­rally — fly the flag

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MOHD Ju­maro Marzuki, 60, beamed with pride as he dis­played his col­lec­tion of Jalur Gemi­lang at his house in Felda Raja Alias 4, here.

“I can’t con­trib­ute much to the coun­try like other peo­ple, but this is how I ex­press my af­fec­tion to my coun­try — by fly­ing the Jalur Gemi­lang at my house. It may seem like a small thing to other peo­ple, but it is def­i­nitely mean­ing­ful to me,” said the man who was born on the day the coun­try gained its in­de­pen­dence — Aug 31, 1957.

“It has been a tra­di­tion for me to put up the Jalur Gemi­lang, not only dur­ing the Merdeka cel­e­bra­tion, but all the time, through­out the year. I am proud of the coun­try I was born in,” he said.

Ju­maro said ever since he moved to the set­tle­ment 30 years ago, he had never failed to dec­o­rate his house with the Jalur Gemi­lang, which had led to his nick­name “Ju­maro Ben­dera” among res­i­dents at the set­tle­ment.

“It’s not hard to find my house. Just men­tion my nick­name or ask the vil­lagers about ‘rumah ben­dera’ (flag house) and you will be di­rected to my house in an in­stant,” he said.

True enough, flags of Malaysia were not only hung out­side his house, but the Jalur Gemi­lang was also used to dec­o­rate Ju­maro’s house, from cur­tains to sofa cov­ers, all were dec­o­rated with the flag.

Ju­maro said his wife, Az­izah Yakimin, 61, chil­dren and 16 grand­chil­dren were all sup­port­ive of his in­ter­est in col­lect­ing the Jalur Gemi­lang.

“I have spent so much in buy­ing Jalur Gemi­lang to dec­o­rate my house. This year alone, I had al­lo­cated about RM2,000 to buy the flags,” said the win­ner of the state-level “Ke­ce­ri­aan Ne­garaku” com­pe­ti­tion in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

This year, Ju­maro will be rep­re­sent­ing the state in the na­tional-level com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion will be a proud mo­ment for me. It will be a bonus if I win, but the most im­por­tant thing is to share with the rest of Malaysians out there that we must be proud of our coun­try.

“Every day with­out fail, it’s a rou­tine for me to look and touch my flags. If I don’t do it, my day will not be com­plete.

“I hope my small ef­fort will en­cour­age other Malaysians to put up our Jalur Gemi­lang, to show the love we have for our beloved coun­try.”

Page 1 pic: Mohd Ju­maro Marzuki with the Jalur Gemi­lang that adorns his house in Felda Raja Alias 4 in Jempol.

PIC BY ABNOR HAMIZAM ABD MANAP

Mohd Ju­maro Marzuki and his wife, Az­izah Yakimin, with their flag col­lec­tion at their house in Felda Raja Alias 4 in Jempol.

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