Encourage children to fly the flag


School pupils carrying the Jalur Gemilang in the parade of the ‘I Love Unity’ programme at Festive Square in Gurney Paragon Mall.Star Pic by ASRI ABDUL GHANI/ The Star / 10 September, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS to Star Media Group on the launch of their “Raise the Flag” campaign. This initiative is one sure way to demonstrate our love, appreciation and devotion to our beloved country as we approach our National Day celebrations. Indeed, we have come a long way since independence.

With National Day approaching, we should start to encourage our young to fly the country’s flag. And the best place to begin is in your own home.

As parents and grandparents, we need to find ways to instil patriotism and love for the country among our children and grandchildren. As Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye aptly put it: “The Malaysian flag symbolises the spirit of patriotism, pride, unity and love for the nation.”

Flying the flag at full mast at home is also an excellent way to help children identify themselves with their nation.

I have always encouraged my two grandchildren (aged five and nine) to love the Jalur Gemilang and fly it at least a month prior to National Day. Even though they may not be old enough to really understand the significance of flying the flag, they would at least be excited and enthusiastic. Hopefully, they will be able to see the bigger picture and learn to appreciate the significance of the simple act of flying the flag as they grow up.

Regardless of our political stand, we all owe allegiance to our country first and foremost and we should be proud to advance our unique identity and diversity.

Indeed, I’m very proud to be a Malaysian.

DR POLA SINGH

Kuala Lumpur

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