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Ministry of National Unity issued confusing guidelines on not wearing Jalur Gemilang-Themed Clothing

It is the National Month of Malaysia and Malaysians had not forgotten to express their love towards our country despite the battle with Covid-19.

In conjunction with the National Month, the Ministry of National Unity (KPN) had issued a rather confusing guideline over the use of Jalur Gemilang as part of their clothing, or any other products.

The tweet was made by KPN’s official account on Friday (13 August), just 2 weeks before our National Day, which falls on 31 August.

In the tweet, KPN had cited their sources from the Department of Information (JPN), where they shared an infographic that says the use of the Jalur Gemilang on tables, cushions, curtains, umbrellas, towels, face masks, hats, songkok, tanjak, sampin, clothes, and others are not allowed.

It does not stops that and Malaysians are not allowed to cover their vehicles with the Jalur Gemilang too.

Source: Twitter

This immediately caught the attention of netizens and they commented that isn’t this being practiced in the past?

Netizens also pointed out many famous celebrities who had incorporated the Jalur Gemilang into their clothes, from Sudirman Arshad to Datuk Sri Siti Nurhaliza and national astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.

In addition, one netizen highlighted that in a tweet by JPN in 2016, they even praised a family for wearing Jalur Gemilang-themed clothing.

Back in 2006, the former Deputy Culture, Arts, and Heritage Minister Datuk Wong Kam Hoong said that it was okay for Malaysians to creatively design their outfits or other items with the Jalur Gemilang.

“It’s all right if people wear it as an outfit, as long as the intention is to show love and pride for the country,” Wong told The Star on 23 August 2006.

In addition, he also said that the late singer Sudirman wore the national flag as a stage costume while he was performing a patriotic song.

However, he did remind Malaysians to use the Jalur Gemilang as seat covers as this would meant that people will be sitting the flag and this is a sign of being disrespectful.

The Information Minister at the time, Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin also agreed to Wong’s statement.

Source: Astro Awani

Nonetheless, the Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah had also shared the same sentiment as KPN and had discouraged Malaysians to wear the Jalur Gemilang themed clothes.

According to Bernama, he said that the Jalur Gemilang should only be for display on its own.

“At times mistakes are made in the manner the flag is put up and flown. Such mistakes have happened in the past. For example, we put up a banner and the flag is put behind the banner. In the front there are all sorts of wordings, people’s faces… this we do not encourage. A flag must stand on its own.” he said in an interview during the launch of the National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang 2021 campaign.

“It is the same with clothes, we do not encourage it (flag) to be used as clothing. However, using the national flag colours on clothes is alright. If we want to use the flag we have to do it in its entirety… we can’t (use it) partially and so on, this we do not encourage.”

Saifuddin also shared the e-book published by JPN, where they detailed the use of the national symbols, such as the Royal Standard, the Coat of Arms, and Jalur Gemilang.

He then urge Malaysians to refer to the book to prevent the incident of misuse of the national symbols.

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