It is the National month and this is when businesses and Malaysians decorate their premises and vehicles with the Jalur Gemilang as a sign of the national celebration.
However, it is now less than 2 weeks until National Day, and most businesses have yet to fly the Jalur Gemilang to hype up this year’s celebration.
According to Bernama, the 2022 National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign having been started on 30 July, but their observation found that many businesses and workplaces still haven’t flown the flag or adorned their spaces in honour of the occasion.
In response to this, Kuala Lumpur’s City Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah announced that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would be contacting the building owners and business premises to urge them to fly the Jalur Gemilang so as to make the National Day celebrations a success.
“I can go and look around the central business district of Kuala Lumpur first. With regards to city hall, we’ve installed lots of flags including small ones among the trees to celebrate the (upcoming) 65th National Day,” he said.
Although the government and local authorities announced various activities and programmes for this year’s Merdeka celebration, it is believed that the 2 years of absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic had caused people to feel insipid about the celebration.
Meanwhile, Bernama’s observation found that only some buildings in the federal capital such as government offices, hospitals, schools, roads and public parks have been decorated with the Jalur Gemilang.
Speaking to Bernama, Prof Datuk Teo Kok Seong said the trend of not flying the Jalur Gemilang at business premises or private buildings for this occasion was not new and had been happening in the last 10 years.
He said that such an attitude is not good for the spirit of nationhood and that it affects the country’s image in the eyes of foreign tourists, who would not be able to experience the celebrative atmosphere.
“This attitude of not flying the Jalur Gemilang does not mirror love for the country. Why is it so hard to spend a few ringgit on buying the Jalur Gemilang when the celebration is only once a year? Flying the national flag is such an easy thing to show love for the country,” he said.
At the same time, he also pointed out that it is time for Section 107(2) of the Local Government Act 1976, which requires businesses to fly the Jalur Gemilang or the respective state flags during national and state celebrations, be amended as the current maximum fine of RM250 is not commensurable.
“Increasing the fine and cancelling the business’ licence should serve as a lesson for those who fail to abide by the condition. They deliberately do not want to fly the Jalur Gemilang despite the existing regulations,” he added.
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