SITIAWAN: Flying the Jalur Gemilang or singing Negaraku during National Day does not prove one’s love for the country, said Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha.
He said Malaysians should be responsible and respectful to the country and its leaders.
“One way to show the true spirit of nationalism is by maintaining public property,” he said, after launching the state-level new villages’ Merdeka celebration at SMK Nan Hwa in Pekan Gurney, some 9km from here on Sunday.
“Don’t destroy public amenities. It shows disrespect for the country.”
Kong pointed out that motorists who sported the Jalur Gemilang on their vehicles but were involved in illegal practices were only being hypocritical.
“What’s the point of riding around town on your motorcycles and screaming ‘Merdeka!’ when later you take part in illegal races?” he asked.
On another matter, Kong said four of Perak’s 134 new villages would take part in the national-level contest this year to select the best-decorated new village.
“We decided that it was unfair for only two new villages from each state to be allowed to take part, as Perak has the most number of new villages in the country,” he said.
Last year, Pekan Gurney was named state-level champion and came in third in the national-level contest.
“This year, we hope it will emerge as champion in both levels,” said Kong.
On Sunday, Pekan Gurney played host to Perak’s 134 new villages in the state-level celebration themed “My New Village, Keranamu Malaysia,” in conjunction with the 49th National Day.
Kong later distributed a total of RM288,000 to all village heads to beautify their areas for National Day, with Pekan Gurney receiving RM20,000.
Also present were state Health, Science and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Tan Chin Meng, who is also the new villages committee chairman, Pangkor state assemblyman and state Education Committee chairman Datuk Dr Zambry Kadir, Pasir Panjang assemblyman Datuk M. Ramachandran and Manjung district officer Abu Bakar Said.
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