This is evident in the torn and tattered, old and ragged state of the nation’s pride and symbol on poles, trees and buildings.
Many go past these “forgotten” flags on a daily basis and are hardly bothered by what they see.
Drive around the country’s newest city (Seremban was accorded city status early this year) and one will easily spot a number of Jalur Gemilang reduced to an eyesore.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun was visibly upset when shown pictures of the ragged Jalur Gemilang, some of which were barely recognisable.
“This is really sad. I hope the excuse is not that people were unable to remove the flags due to the movement control order.
“I do not wish to see the Jalur Gemilang treated in such a shabby manner,” he said, reminding that this was an offence.
Under the law, those found disrespecting the Jalur Gemilang could be charged under Section 504 of the Penal Code, Section 14 of the Minor Offences 1955 or Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.
Offenders could be jailed not more than two years, or fined, or both if found guilty.
State Urban Wellbeing, Housing, Local Government and New Villages Committee chairman Teo Kok Seong said he would direct the local councils to remove the torn flags.
State Deputy Speaker Datuk M. Ravi said he had also seen torn, old and faded Jalur Gemilang at some premises in Port Dickson.
The Seri Tanjung assemblyman said it was most unfortunate that there were those who disrespected the national flag.
“I have instructed all Village Community Management Councils in Port Dickson to do the necessary and bring down such flags.
“We should not wait for the local councils to act as this is also our responsibility,” he said.
The state chapter of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism secretary Thayalan Nathan said the people needed to be more respectful of the Jalur Gemilang.
“Putting up the national flag during National Day to show your patriotism is not enough.
“We must also ensure the flag remains in good condition and bring it down when it gets weatherbeaten,” he said.
Thayalan said all places of worship in the state were encouraged to fly the flag during National Day and Malaysia Day.
“We request them to put up the flags before National Day and keep them up till Malaysia Day.
“After that, they are encouraged to take the flag down respectfully to ensure it does not get torn,” he said.
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