HUNDREDS of pupils from SK Convent Butterworth, Penang, showed their love for the country when they excitedly waved miniature Malaysian flags in conjunction with the 60th National Day celebration.
Many of them were seen holding mini Jalur Gemilang, cut out and assembled from the special four-page spread that appeared in The Star, as they sang patriotic songs at the school in Jalan Sungai Nyior.
Year Two pupil Aaliyah Nasreen Sathikali even penned down ‘I Love Malaysia’ in her T-shirt template which was included in the newspaper’s centre spread.
Dressed in traditional attire, several also sang songs such as Tanggal 31, Jalur Gemilang and I Am For You with gusto.
Joining in the fun was MIC central working committee member J. Dhinagaran, who led the pupils in three loud shouts of “Merdeka!”
“I have a good time with the pupils. All of them were in high spirits waving the Jalur Gemilang enthusiastically.
“It is vital to instil young children with a sense of patriotism.
“I can see all of them have a sense of belonging and pride for the country,” he said, adding that he would distribute 10,000 flags to seven schools within the Bagan Dalam constituency.
School prefect Divyanna Maran, 12, said he was proud to be a Malaysian.
“This is a country where you can see all the multi-racial society living harmoniously together. I love Malaysia,” she said.
Also present was school headmistress Nuridah Wasim Al’haj.