LAHAD DATU: Traders have started hanging the Jalur Gemilang and state flags at the market here to celebrate the National Day.
Assistant market administrator of the Lahad Datu district council Rusli Tahir said the move was also meant to counter the negative image of the town, which has been associated with terrorist attacks.
“Under the current government, the country, specifically Sabah and Lahad Datu, is safe.
“By putting up the flags at the market, we want to send out a positive image that our country is independent and Lahad Datu is safe from terrorism,” he said.
He said the market was the best place to create positivity and instil patriotism among the people as it was a hub of activity.
Trader Ismawati Abdul Salleh, 25, said this was the first time they were putting up flags at the market.
Nurhadi Nurdin, 48, said the flags livened the mood in the market, making it more cheery. — Bernama