JOHOR BARU - To mark National Day, Kamdi Kamil created a history corner at the porch of his house, displaying eight history books.
The 66-year-old history officer at the Johor Heritage Foundation said the books are about the history of Johor as well as the country.
"This is not about winning awards for best decoration for National Day.
"It's about knowing its meaning and appreciating the sacrifices made by our forefathers," he said in an interview at his house in Kampung Melayu Majidee yesterday.
Kamdi, who was a history teacher, has also decorated his house with some 1,500 miniature and large flags.
"Now that I am not as busy as I used to be as a teacher, I have a lot of time to do research on historical places and give patriotism talks to government bodies or school children during the month of August," he said.
He is also active in taking part in National Day events, winning the first place in three competitions in 1998, 2002 and 2003 organised by the Johor Baru City Council and other agencies.
Kamdi said he was also proud that his work in compiling historical details, pictures and research was being used by students and researchers.
Among the books that he has written are Sejarah Kampung Melayu Majidi (1992), Johor Gemilang Negeriku (2007), Rentetan Sejarah Malaysia Meniti 50 Tahun Kemerdekaan (2007) and Mohamed Hamzah Pereka Cipta Jalur Gemilang (2007).
Others are Seni Silat Sendeng (2009), Tokoh Guru Johor (2010), Masyarakat Jawa Johor (2011) and Bandar Maharani Bandar Diraja (2012).