National Day spirit is in the air


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020

GEORGE TOWN: Donning a face mask and safety gears, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) general worker Mohd Hasan Mohd Salim braves the scorching heat to put up Jalur Gemilang streamers along the main roads in Penang island to welcome the 63rd National Day.

Hasan, 42, said he and the other general workers had been busy putting up the national flag since Aug 1.

“As we are approaching National Day on Aug 31, this is the last leg for us to put up the Jalur Gemilang. We have so far put up more than 400 streamers along the main roads.

“It is our duty to put up the flags and I’m proud that I am doing this to remind people of our country’s independence day.

“Although the weather is extremely hot and we have to put on a face mask and safety gears, we do not mind it as we are doing it for the country and state, ” he said in front of the City Hall in George Town yesterday.

Meanwhile, MBPP executive officer Jazmi Jelaini, 28, said more than 10 Jalur Gemilang and Penang state flags have been put up to decorate City Hall.

Patriotic display: Jazmi (right) with City Hall admin assistant Muhammad Hairi Sady Hashim straightening out a Jalur Gemilang streamer to be put up at the City Hall in George Town, Penang. — LIM BENG TATT/The StarPatriotic display: Jazmi (right) with City Hall admin assistant Muhammad Hairi Sady Hashim straightening out a Jalur Gemilang streamer to be put up at the City Hall in George Town, Penang. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

“The council had sent out letters to business premises and factories to encourage and remind them to put up the Jalur Gemilang in conjunction with National Day celebrations.

“A lot of factories and premises have been putting up the flags since the beginning of this month, ” he said.

“MBPP workers also put up flags at the Penang City Stadium, Balik Pulau Sports Centre, stadiums, markets, public parks and along the main roads.”Jazmi said due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s National Day celebrations will be different as many events are cancelled or are being celebrated on a smaller scale.

“We put up the flags to remind the public of our country’s hard-earned independence.

“Although there are no big celebrations, we still celebrate National Day in our unique way by decorating our offices with flags and other paraphernalia, ” he added.

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