BUILDING owners must take down all tattered or faded national and state flags flown on their premises with immediate effect.
Sungai Petani Municipal Council secretary Muhammed Helwi Harun said the council would issue notices to the owners to take down the flags, failing which council workers would dismantle them .
He said the flags, which were put up in conjunction with the Sultan of Kedah's birthday and the National Day celebration last year, were neglected and left to tatter.
“It is a grave disrespect to the national pride.
“We will send our workers to check on the flags which are an eyesore and issue notices on-the-spot,” he said.
A check by The Star showed that some of the tattered and faded flags were flying at either full or half mast.
Some flags were found torn or faded while others were tangled with the flag pole.
A Kedah state flag was spotted all tangled up and hanging upside down on a hotel roof in Pekan Baru here and a drive along Jalan Badlishah revealed a tattered and faded national flag and a state flag flying at a petrol station.
A building along Jalan Ibrahim has a row of badly torn out national flags while the Jalur Gemilang was in shreds while part of the state flag was missing at another building in Taman Keladi.
Insurance clerk Asmawati Ahmad, 28, in voicing her displeasure, said patriotic pride was not just about flying the national or state flags but also in the maintenance of them.
“With Kedah hosting Sukma soon, I hope the authorities will take action to remove the damaged flags,” she said.
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