I would like to call on Malaysians to fly the Jalur Gemilang with pride as we countdown the days to our 64th Independence Day. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected us in many ways. I do not deny that lives and livelihoods have been impacted.
We find ourselves battling an unseen enemy-one that has robbed Malaysians of friends, families and acquaintances. However, it will not rob us of our sense of patriotism and unity and flying the Jalur Gemilang ensures just that.
It does not matter the size or length of the flag you are flying. Even a simple version attached to the top of your car gets the message across clearly. It is the spirit and thought that matters. I am sure one can draw hope from the flag waving majestically in the backdrop of a clear blue sky while it also allows us to nurture the hope to overcome this pandemic together.
It is regrettable that there have been several cases of the flag being flown upside down of late. This must never happen at all. I strongly remind Malaysians to be sensitive towards this matter. Do not fool around or make light of the symbol of our nationhood and sovereignty.
Let me remind everyone that the sense of unity is strong within Malaysians. It has taken us through thick and thin. I cannot deny instances where the spirit of unity we have fought hard to sustain will be tested.
However, do not let your believe and faith in unity be faltered by selfish individuals. Always believe in the good of others and practise respect and moderation.
Do it for our beloved nation and frontliners, who are battling tooth and nail to not only save but protect lives. We are all striving towards a shared objective of harmony, peace and unity.
Let the Jalur Gemilang and all its glory, serve as a beacon of hope to guide us out of this stormy weather.
Yeap Ming Liong
Associate Captain (Malaysian Civil Defence Force)
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Capital Post.