State Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi advised the younger generation today to appreciate the country’s independence and defend the country from any external threats.
“We should ensure that Malaysia’s peace, harmony and unity are cared for because they are the basis for an independent country,” she noted.
“We witnessed the symbol of a strong unity, where 340 Jalur Gemilang flags are waved simultaneously by residents of Kinta Heights Flats, to enliven the 63rd National Independence celebration this month,” Nolee Ashilin mentioned yesterday on August 2.
“The national flag waving programme which is done every month of independence (August) is our culture to hold the country and the Jalur Gemilang with pride,” she enthused. “Not only does it enliven the national independence month, but waving the Jalur Gemilang also instils high nationalistic spirit among the youths.”
Also present were Ipoh mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin and Datin Normah Hanum Ibrahim, advisor of a coalition known as Gabungan NGO PRIHATIN Perak.
The programme, a joint collaboration between the coalition, Ipoh City Council and Rukun Tetangga (RT) Kinta Heights (neighbourhood watch), was also joined by some 25 NGOs in Perak. This is the earliest programme launched in the month of August to celebrate the upcoming National Day on August 31.
Nolee Ashilin reminded the public to always follow SOPs wherever they might be, especially while celebrating the independence under the new norm.
“SOP adherence is very important for us to fight against COVID-19,” she stressed. “The government does not only want to witness the festivity and racial harmony in waving the Jalur Gemilang, but we would also like to be free from the worldwide pandemic.”