In conjunction of the 50th Merdeka celebration this year, my school aimed for the record books and created this giant 'Jalur Gemilang' kolam measuring 73.3m x 41.3m . Months ago, when Dr. Kathiresan, a teacher, spoke of this project, some of us actually doubted if this is going to work or not. The aim was to raise money to improve the school's facilities.
Creating this big piece of kolam wasn't an easy task at all. First of all, the drawing which the form 6 students did.. I think it's amazing that it matched so well. I'll never know how hard is it to sketch the whole thing out but I heard it was dreadful. Then, the colouring the rice. Next, gluing the rice on the polystyrene sheets. We, Form 5, weren't not given much opportunity to be involved as mostly were done by the form 6. But we, indeedly, knew how crazy and tiring this project was because we did the gluing too. For 2 days, we left our classrooms behind and stayed on the field during school hours. Under the hot scorching sun, we had to paste the coloured rice on the polystyrene sheets. It seems pretty easy at first. But think of it, 2040 sheets of polystyrenes and we were fighting against time. I had to say, doing one row of the kolam can wear you out for the rest of the day.