Patriotic souls: The fishermen going out to sea in fishing boats decorated with the Jalur Gemilang in celebration of the country's 57th Merdeka Day.
BALIK PULAU: Fifty fishermen from Pulau Betong and Kuala Sungai Betong, in 21 boats decorated with the Jalur Gemilang, went out to sea to unfold a 9.14m-long banner carrying the National Day theme to express their love for the country.
The convoy, led by a boat carrying Pulau Betong assemblyman Muhamad Farid Saad, left from the Kuala Pulau Betong jetty at about 10.10am yesterday.
They headed to Pulau Betong where six boats were positioned in a row and the fishermen held up the banner, emblazoned with the words 57 tahun Malaysia ... Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta (57 years Malaysia ... Here Love Begins).
They then moved to Pasir Panjang to assemble before heading back to the Kuala Pulau Betong jetty.
Muhamad Farid said the idea came about following several requests made by the fishermen.
“They wanted to show their love for Malaysia,” he said when met at the jetty.
He said the convoy covered an area within three nautical miles from the jetty.