Jalur Gemilang: A Symbol of Nationhood, Unity and National Pride.

I would like to urge Malaysians to fly the Jalur Gemilang ahead of our 65th National Day at the end of the month. We are currently in the transition to the endemic phase and as we edge closer to normalcy, let us be reminded of our patriotic duty to our beloved country and one another.

We strived together as a united nation when the Covid-19 pandemic struck and even during the recent floods. The difficult times brought out the best in Malaysians. Our sense of togetherness was clearly spelt out when we banded together to help in cash and in kind. The only currency that exchanged hands throughout those challenging times was love and care for each other.

If one were to ask me if that spirit has somewhat tapered off. Perhaps the answer is a resounding yes. However, that should not be the way. That very spirit of togetherness and unity is actually apparent and in line with the theme of this year’s National Month celebrations of Keluarga Malaysia Teguh Bersama.

The honest truth is there is no need for a theme to remind us of our patriotism, care and love for each other. It is already in us. However, I do not deny that there are selfish individuals and isolated cases who seek to sway our belief and trust in unity.

My answer is to look to the Jalur Gemilang waving majestically on the backdrop of a clear blue sky. Let us draw inspiration, hope and guidance from the symbol of our nationhood and sovereignty.

So let’s do our part together. Fly the Jalur Gemilang with pride and honour. Again, our sense of patriotism and unity is not measured by the size or length of the flag flown. A simple stick on version on the top of your car, clearly spells out the message, loud and clear.

In the same breath, I call on all to not make light or dishonour our national flag. There have been cases of the Jalur Gemilang being flown upside down. This must never happen. There is no excuse.

Respect and honour the Jalur Gemilang and let all its glory serve as a source of strength and hope for all Malaysians.

Yeap Ming Liong

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