Home is where the patriotism is

In high spirits: Fahmi gracing the launch of Ekspresi Bulan Kebangsaan 2024 in Kuala Lumpur. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: A new initiative known as “1 Rumah 1 Jalur Gemilang” has been launched to raise the patriotic spirit for this year’s National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations.

Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said this initiative should start at home, as the Jalur Gemilang is a symbol of independence and unity for all Malaysians.

“The Jalur Gemilang is raised at every moment of success we achieve around the world.

“I want to remind all Malaysians to hoist a full and proper Jalur Gemilang, not one that is torn, worn out or faded, to reflect our identity as responsible citizens who love our country,” he said at the launch of the Ekspresi Bulan Kebangsaan 2024 programme here yesterday.

The event kicked off the festivities leading up to the National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations.

“This programme is also being conducted simultaneously in Penampang and Kuching.

“It is among (our) approaches to ensure that the effort to instil a sense of love for the country can permeate people of all levels throughout the nation,” he said.

Various events have been lined up, including national exhibitions, artistic performances, photo booths and children’s colouring contests, he added.

Fahmi also urged Malaysians to exercise caution when sharing content on social media.

“Slander is spreading faster than our Internet, now that everyone in the country has a fast Internet connection. If we have 5G Internet, our slander has reached up to 8G!

“For instance, during an incident in Bayan Lepas, Penang, there was a viral social media post on a receipt allegedly containing words deemed insulting to Islam.

“After further checks, it was found that it did not come from the pizza restaurant but instead from a customer who had bad intentions. The police are currently probing,” he said.

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