It’s that time of the year again to proudly display the Jalur Gemilang to express love and patriotism for the country but alas, some are still doing it wrong.
In Malaysia, improper usage or display of Jalur Gemilang could land one in a lot of trouble.
A handbook published by the Information Department under the Communications and Multimedia Ministry states several guidelines set by the Prime Minister’s Department in the display or usage of Jalur Gemilang as a form of respect.
The guidelines state that the flag can only be mounted horizontally, unless many flags are used, in which case vertical display of the flags is allowed.
“In usage, it is best to avoid using Jalur Gemilang as clothing materials, except during the Merdeka month but even so, the period of usage is confined.
“The Jalur Gemilang is forbidden to be used as objects that may lower or tarnish its prestige as well, such as table cloth, tudung, umbrella, songkok, hats, towels, cushion covers and more.
“In many cases, displaying old Jalur Gemilang flags, such as flags that have grown shabby, faded in colour or with tears on its cloth is considered an impropriety, ” it read.
Meanwhile, Section 3 Act 414
of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1963 states that anyone who sells or uses Jalur Gemilang or imitations of its form in any way for trading, business purposes or as a logo in their trading stamp need to obtain written permissions from the ministry or could otherwise be sued.
On Sunday, checks by The Star at several areas in Penang found a few individuals displaying some of the flags upside down.
Some were caught displaying dirty flags, while others displayed their flags facing downwards.
Tuition teacher C.S. Kheng, 31, who dutifully decorates her car and yard with Jalur Gemilang each year, said she was mindful of the way she placed the flags.
“The Jalur Gemilang is our nation’s pride and symbol of independence, and should be treated as such. Displaying the flags correctly should be our duty and a natural responsibility.
“Whenever I display the flags, I ensure that I place them at appropriate places and use brand new flags each time.
“Every year, I fly the flags at my yard and place a small one on my car. This is my way of celebrating the Merdeka month, and I will
continue to do so each year, ” she said when met at her house in Tingkat Sungai Ara.
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