DECORATING his newspaper T-shirt template with the words “Negaraku, Sehati Sejiwa” in all the glorious colours of the Jalur Gemilang, 11-year-old Arjun Kwek Will Liam decided to keep his message simple yet powerful.
The SK Methodist Tanjung Rambutan pupil, along with other Year Four to Year Six pupils from the school took part in Star Media Group’s Raise The Flag initiative, said the country’s flag and its colours reflected the nation’s citizens regardless of race or religion.
The school ordered 150 copies of the Aug 18 issue of The Star to obtain the template, which was cut out from a special four-page spread.
The spread also allows Malaysians to cut out and assemble their own mini Jalur Gemilang.
Thanking Hulu Kinta assemblyman Datuk Aminuddin Md Hanafiah for sponsoring the newspapers, headmaster Selvarju Benedict said the Raise The Flag campaign, aimed at strengthening national pride among Malaysians, gave a deeper understanding of what independence was about.
In his speech, Aminuddin said modern culture and changing times had caused a divide among Malaysians.
“Understandably so, the younger generation has never experienced war or suffering like we older folk did.
“And so, I’ve taken this initiative by Star Media Group to help boost patriotism and love for the country among our young,” he said.
Star Media Group’s Raise The Flag campaign was conceived to strengthen national pride among Malaysians and will run until Malaysia Day on Sept 16.
Aset Kayamas is the main sponsor while Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd is the co-sponsor.
Participants can show off their best pose with the template and flags by posting their pictures on social media with the hashtag #RaiseTheFlagMY, together with a short love note to Malaysia. The pictures can also be shared on the RaiseTheFlagMY Facebook page.
Submissions with at least 15 persons “wearing” the T-shirts and waving the flags stand to win a RM4,000 buffet for 100 pax at their school/office/home from Original Kayu Nasi Kandar as well as Pizza Hut vouchers for group school entries. Exciting prizes including staycations and dining vouchers are up for grabs for the non-group category.
To see the thousands of proud Malaysians who have already done so, check out the Social Media Wall at thestar.com.my/raisetheflag
To bulk order the final remaining Raise The Flag issue on Sept 14 to greet Malaysia Day in style, contact The Star’s Customer Care unit at 1-300-887827 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).