In August, you'll always hear politicians, radio deejays asking people to fly the national flag, Jalur Gemilang. And you'll get to see people ying Jalur Gemilang from their office buildings, house, shoplots, etc. And the most obvious way to show your 'patriotism' is by flying/displaying from/on your car/lorry/van/some motorcycles.
Although this year's flag flying is not as happening as in previous years, I still have two questions when August comes:
- If flying flag = celebrating Merdeka spirit = being patriotic/love the country, then why it's only called upon in August? Don't we need to be patriotic / love the country in other months and throughout the year, year after year?
- Those who don't fly Jalur Gemilang on their cars are subject to question of not being patriotic. Is patriotic = flying flag?
For me, being patriotic is more and more and more and more, very much more and nothing compares to just flying the flag. It is about attitude, discipline, contribution to the country (in terms of paying taxes, indirectly contribute towards 9th Malaysia Plan or the GDP growth), not being involved in riots/illegal gatherings, or even cheering for the national football team, not MyTeam, excuse me...
So, people... stop questioning other people if they don't fly the flag on their cars, they could be more patriotic than you. Instead, you should question people like the owner of this car (for putting the flag in a disgrace situation). Same goes to drivers who still cut queues even with the flag on.