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Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 7:36:00 PM
Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 7:40:00 PM
by tashny sukumaran
PETALING JAYA: MCA has slammed Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob for allegedly criticising the Chinese for not attending state-level Malaysia Day celebrations.
"Patriotism is a permanent thing which must be inculcated. Loving your country isn’t just about flying the flag," said MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
"Patriotism is all-encompassing - abiding by the law, looking after your kids, taking care of public property - these are all part and parcel of patriotism.
"How does Adnan know people aren’t attending? Does he mean people didn’t go down to the streets and say ‘oh I am celebrating’?"
Kong advised Adnan to ensure proper invitations were sent out for functions.
"He should organise functions and then ensure the people who he thinks should attend are invited.
"Now that I’m no longer a minister, I wasn’t invited to any Malaysia Day functions, so you can’t blame me if I don’t attend. If someone is not invited, then how can they go?"
MCA Young Professionals Bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong said it was wrong to use the law to instill patriotism.
"How did he even gauge participation? Do they take attendance, which often depends on the location of the function? I don’t think the way to make people feel patriotic is to use regulations and laws to hit against citizens."
Chua said there should be more activities by the state government to instill patriotism by way of education, publicity and raising awareness.
"How many times are you going to fine someone? More important is ensuring that people actually believe in the values you’re trying to instill.
"The reaction should not be to amend the law, but to look at ways of improving the situation that won’t result in citizens holding grudges," said the Labis MP.
Adnan had reportedly expressed disappointment over the low turnout by the Chinese on Malaysia Day, which attracted flak from those who claimed his statement belittled the contribution of non-Malays to the nation.
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