For true blue Malaysians, Merdeka is an extremely special occasion. It's a time when we remember our love for the country, which we tend to forget the other 364 days of the year. But not all of us will fly the Jalur Gemilang on our cars, because there are many other ways to show our patriotism. This is also true for us cyclists.
In conjunction with Malaysia's 62nd Independence Day, Jaz Airbrush is launching LIMITED EDITION unique airbrush bicycle stem caps, inspired by the Malaysian flag. Retailing at RM62, the alloy stem caps are suitable for mountain bikes, road bikes & fixie frames.
These special stems are up for grabs for Cycling Plus Malaysia readers, in our special Merdeka 2019 Giveaway. All you have to do is answer one question from our Jaz Airbrush feature article.
What did Jaz Wong do before focusing on custom airbrush for bicycle frames?
In the meantime, scroll down to find out more about these special stem caps!
"I thought, why not?" explained Jaz. "I haven't seen anyone doing anything like this yet, so I figured I would do it. Everywhere else in the world the 'mat sallehs' have their own, so as Malaysians it is time we have our own too. When I do customers bikes, touching up or spraying new colours, they will always have their names and the Malaysian flag on their frames. So I thought the most unobtrusive and logical place to display our national identity on a bike is on the stem cap itself."
The sport is one that every Malaysian can embrace, regardless of where they come from. Citing Azizulhasni Awang, first Malaysian to win a medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships and at the Summer Olympics, he believes cycling is something that has the power to unite the different races in the country.
For sure, cyclists are somewhat of a special breed and share a strong camaraderie, even though Malaysians come from a fairly diverse range of backgrounds. As a former automotive and motorcycle enthusiast, he believes this is unique to those of the pedal powered persuasion.
"I've seen that cyclists greet each other regardless of their ethnicity, which you don't see among motorists or motorcyclists. When I'm on the road you always see cyclists helping each other whether we have accidents or problems like punctured tyres. This attitude is impressive, and we should be proud of it. We should be proud to be Malaysian."
This pride is something that he wants to share with his fellow Malaysians. "We have so many races, so many ethnic groups and religious faiths. We all hang out at the kopitiam and eat nasi lemak, and we all cycle together. We are all so different yet we respect this diversity; we live in peace and harmony."
While we do have some tense moments now and then, Jaz believes that no matter what happens, Malaysia still a peaceful and safe country to live in. "Once again it’s time for us Malaysians to show that we are great people from a great nation, and let’s continue our struggle towards prosperity and betterment of our dear nation."
These stem caps feature a UV printed image of the Jalur Gemilang, with a high solid crystal clearcoat top layer, and will look pretty sweet on any bike. There are limited pieces up for grabs, so send in your entries now!
Material: Alloy AL7075 T6
Congratulations to our 1st batch of winners for the special edition Jaz Airbrush Merdeka stem cap!
Bryan Lee Kung Chern
Lucas Tan Zhen Hui
Asrul Hazri bin Haron
Ahmad andrian bin zakaria
Javen Teh Tze Wen
Nik Adam Ahmad Bin Nik Rasdee
Aaron Kam Yoke Wee
Hung Tee Ming
Lum Shin Shin
Mohd Saiful Abdul Jalil
Kamaraiz Bin Kamaruzzaman
Faez Farhat Bin Mohd Faizul
Nurul Shafiekah Jumadi
Calvin Chan Chi Ho
Noor Azam bin Mohd Adham
For Soon Hau
Cheong Weng Fook
Lee Kai Xin
Zaqwan Nazmin bin Aziz
Cherlene Aw Chih Ling
Norshahrina Azura Binti Mohd Aziz
Zuria Shazrin Binti Samsudin
*The Cycling Plus Malaysia team will contact winners directly to arrange postage of prizes from Jaz Airbrush.