Traders laud flying flag on voluntary basis

IPOH: Shopkeepers and premises owners have lauded the state government’s decision not to penalise anyone for not flying the Perak flag in conjunction with Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah’s birthday.

“We all love and respect Sultan Nazrin and there’s no doubt that we are all loyal to His Royal Highness.

“Most shops would gladly fly the flag to commemorate the Sultan’s birthday,” said a 60-something shopkeeper, who only wanted to be known as Lim.

Thus, she said the flying of the flag should be done sincerely and not under compulsion.

Lim said by compelling someone to do something and threatening them with fines would send out the wrong message.

“It is okay to remind us to fly the flag but it should not be done with threats.

“Otherwise, the people could end up grudgingly flying the flag, which is wrong,” she said.

Sultan Nazrin’s birthday celebration falls on Nov 6.

Earlier last week, Ipoh Datuk Bandar Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said business and private premises that failed to fly the flag despite being advised to do so would be issued with a compound.

But subsequently, State Secretary Datuk Ahmad Suaidi Abdul Rahim said in a statement on Friday that private premises owners were not compelled to fly the state flag to mark the Perak Sultan’s birthday.

He noted that premises owners were only encouraged to raise the flag as a show of loyalty.

Grocer Mohd A. Kadir, 55, also believes that most shops or premises would fly the flag as the Sultan’s birthday approaches.

“It has always been a practice for most Perakians to do so. It is similar to when we put up the Jalur Gemilang during the National Day celebration.

“I am proud to fly the Perak flag as I respect my Sultan,” he said.

A restaurant operator, who wished to be known only as Raja, 46, believes Sultan Nazrin is a magnanimous person and would not mind if some shops do not fly the Perak flag.

“Perhaps the local or district councils could consider giving out the Perak flag to all business premises so that everyone can put it up,” said Raja.

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