Flags fuelled by love for the nation


National pride: Ahmad showing his love for the country with flags put up at his fuel station in Melor, Kelantan. — Bernama

KOTA BARU: For Datuk Dr Ahmad Omar, patriotism doesn’t stop at just flying the Jalur Gemilang.

He spent thousands of ringgit to ensure that the decorations put up at his Petron fuel station in Melor would stand out on Malaysia Day tomorrow.

The Malaysian Furniture Tiga Lima (MF35) business owner has also draped two 8.2m x 1.5m bunting with images of all the country’s prime ministers and Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“It is important to me that today’s generation appreciate the history behind our independence,” he said.

He revealed that he spent between RM8,000 and RM10,000 on ways to show his love for his country, including a unique garage where he parks his vintage Ford with the number plate MF 35 (to represent the year he was born) and an old beca (trishaw) with the number plate KB 35 and DD 35, adorned with the national flag and inscribed with the lyrics to Aku Negaraku.

“I saw our first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj, proclaim Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! in 1957. Those words still ignite my soul,” he said.

He added it took him two weeks to finish beautifying his fuel station – once Kelantan’s first Esso station back in 1962 – for National Day on Aug 31.

To him, Malaysia Day is part of Merdeka Day and must be cherished “because we have lived harmoniously till now, with laws against racism”.

He said that young people should stand against racism and not make irresponsible comments through social media.

“Hearing about the flag being flown upside down fills me with sorrow because we should obey the law and value past leaders.

“There is still time for us to commemorate Malaysia Day, which brought Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula together, through initiative and creativity,” said the former mathematics and religious teacher who left the profession in 1999 and now owns 66 furniture factories. -- Bernama


   

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