Mother gets to sew National Day costume

It is common for primary school children to take part in Jalur Gemilang themed contests in the run up to Malaysia's Independence Day on 31st August every year.

KUALA TERENGGANU – It has become an annual routine for Tuan Syazwiain Tuan Zarahim Nazri, 30, (she) to order special clothing for her four children for Independence Day celebration on Aug 31.

The woman, who is beautician, said she has the support of her husband, Safuan Kalid, 32.


“He understands me and my interest in getting my children dressed-up with special costume for Merdeka Day. It helps nurture the spirit of patriotism among our children,” she added.

The couple has a pair of 10-year-old male twins — Tuan Aqeel Aysar and Tuan Aqeef Aysar , and two daughters — Damia Aysarah Khalieesya, 7, and Mia Aysarah Ayuni, 5.

For this year’s National Day celebration, Tuan Syazwiain considers it more special as she sewed the children’s National Day costume herself.

She said it made possible for her to sew the costumes herself due to the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) since March 18, which has changed her daily routine as a make-up artist, giving her more time to be at home as she could not go out to make-up her clients.

“I took up sewing and learn the technique through You Tube and one day, the idea of making National Day costume for my children, myself, came to mind since I have the time to do it, instead of ordering them, as I I used to do.

“ Alhamdulillah, the children really like the costume that I sewed and I also received a lot of praises from friends and relatives, who have seen the dresses,” she told reporters when met at the Kuala Ibai Recreation Park here today.

Tuan Syazwiain said it took her three weeks to complete the dress for Damia Aysarah Khalieesya and seven days to sew the “peplum baju kurung” for Mia Aysarah Ayuni. She spent RM600 for both the dresses.

“This is one way for us, husband and wife, to educate our children for them to appreciate the meaning of freedom and the struggle by the past generation,” she said, adding that she always feel excited and happy to seen her children cheerful and proud to be in their National Day costume.

She said the children would were the dresses to any event or programme held by the school, government agencies or the private sector during the national month.

“They children have also won several costume competitions held in conjunction with the National Day celebration,” she added.