Ipoh City Council staff Arifah Yusop, 26 (left), handing out a Raise the Jalur Gemilang pamphlet to kacang puteh seller P. Ramalingam, 69.
IT is time to raise your flags!
In their bid to liven up the independence month, Ipoh City Council workers went around Ipoh to distribute pamphlets urging people to put up the Jalur Gemilang in their businesses premises and homes.
Calling it a move to boost patriotism in the city, Ipoh City Council Financial and Management Department Senior Director Saidatul Akma Jamaludin said last year’s response was satisfactory and the council wants to make sure this year’s campaign is even better.
“As National Day approaches lets show the world that we love our country by putting up flags.
“These pamphlets and circulars are meant to encourage everyone to be together and show their gratitude to the nation.
“Whatever religion, race and language, let us all stay united and show some extra love during the month of independence,” Saidatul Akma told reporters after launching the pamphlet distribution at the Ipoh City Council Enforcement Office in Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab.
Three thousand pamphlets will be distributed to various business premises in the city. On the launch day of the drive, pamphlets were given to premises on Jalan Lahat, Jalan Sultan Yussuf, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Jalan Sultan Iskandar and Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab.
Some 100 people attended the launch of the campaign.
Members of the Perak Information Department, Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI), Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents Fair Perak Chapter and Little India Traders Association will also participate by giving out the pamphlets produced by the council.
“People are encouraged to raise the flag from Aug 16 onwards but there is no harm doing it early.
“This is an ongoing thing and we will continue handing out these pamphlets until September. It is only going to boost our country’s image and tourists will also know that our people are patriotic,” she said.
The pamphlet also suggests households and business premises can beautify their buildings and environment by decorating them with lights and also come up with landscapes related to the country’s National Day.
“We hope everyone will support us in our quest to celebrate the month.
“From now until Sept 16, let’s do something worthwhile and show our appreciation to the country.
“For many years we have lived in peace and harmony and lets continue that for many more years to come,” said Saidatul Akma.