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Published: Thursday January 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 4:32:40 PM

Sang Saka flag draws flak

PETALING JAYA: Another version of the Sang Saka flag has drawn flak after it was raised during New Year celebrations near Dataran Merdeka.

Umno Youth has voiced unhappiness over the incident where several people flew the red, white and yellow “Bendera Rakyat” at the stroke of midnight when the New Year celebrations began.

Some “activists” had released the flag into the air near the Masjid Jamek LRT station after tying it to red-and-white helium balloons.

Policemen were later seen taking the flag down.

When contacted, Umno Youth exco member Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz said those individuals had shown disrespect to the Jalur Gemilang.

“I think they don’t know history. They should refer to the true version of events from a historian. Which side of history are they talking about?” he asked.

Tun Faisal also claimed on his blog www.tunfaisal.blogspot.com that one of those suspected to be involved was a National Service Training Programme (PLKN) trainer who was doing his masters at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

“I think the whole incident was very unnecessary. Why do they need to bring another flag on the scene? We don’t want such actions to be followed by others,” he said.

The Sang Saka Malaya was introduced in 1947 by leftist group Putera-AMCJA (All Malaya Council of Joint Action) as a proposal for the national flag.

Tun Faisal said the Attorney-General’s Chambers should investigate the matter if police reports were lodged, adding that PLKN and UPM should also look into it.

When contacted, the person named in the blog, Mohd Haizal Yatiran, 28, said he had received many threats on his Facebook account.

“I made many sarcastic statements on my Facebook but people spinned it or think that I meant it. But we are not afraid, we did not break the law or do anything wrong. Please lodge a report against us if you think we did,” he said.

Mohd Haizal said the only reason they had flown the Sang Saka flag was to recognise the contributions of leftist groups in fighting for then Malaya’s independence.

“They don’t know about this flag, so I guess they got a shock when they saw it and assumed it was a communist flag. We have absolutely no intention of wanting to change the Jalur Gemilang,” he said.

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