By Shazni Ong
GOMBAK, 21 August 2015: The 2015 Malaysia’s National Day will be arriving in just a few days yet the joy and the mood of celebrating the auspicious day doesn’t seem to be there. If we were to compare with situation in neighbouring countries, we would feel the spirit of celebration is vastly different.
The culture adviser to the Malaysian Government, Tan Sri Dr. Rais Yatim, viewed that the celebration of National Day in this country seems to be narrowed down to just waving the country’s flag, the Jalur Gemilang.
“We should follow the example of neighbouring countries whereby it is compulsory for citizens to display their country’s flag during their Independence Day.”
Tan Sri Rais regretted that there has not been much display of the Jalur Gemilang in conjunction with the coming of the National Day this 31 August throughout the nation due to poor support by parties close to the community such as the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and political parties.
“Efforts to encourage the people to wave the Jalur Gemilang should not only be the responsibility of the government, but should also be carried out by community leaders, NGOs, and even opposition political parties to give meaning to our Independence Day,” Tan Sri Rais said after attending the IIUM Merdeka month celebration today.
Tan Sri Rais who is also the IIUM President, however, felt satisfied with the success of IIUM in organising its first ever Merdeka month celebration this year with involvement of the university’s community.
Also in attendance at the celebration was the IIUM Rector, Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamarudin and senior officials of the university.***
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