It's DAP flags from Manoharan, not Malaysia's
Kuala Lumpur: DAP assemblyman for Kota Alam Shah M. Manoharan wants Jalur Gemilang to be replaced with a new flag should Pakatan Rakyat come to power.
Manoharan, who refused to fly the Malaysian flag on Malaysia Day today, said his call to replace the national flag is due to its "deficiencies and shortcomings".
Yesterday he also distributed DAP flags instead of the Jalur Gemilang in his constituency in conjunction with Hari Malaysia.
This stance by Manoharan was first highlighted on blogosphere in a post at Youth's Intellectual Mind. In it blogger Dhanyaraam lambasted the former for his status update and replies at Facebook.
Image from "Youth's Intellectual Mind"Dhanyaraam said it was regrettable that despite the objections and protests of many, including those perceived to be Pakatan supporters, Manoharan "stubbornly stuck to criticising our beloved Malaysian flag".
Another Malaysian Dinesh Nair thought it was very silly to associate Malaysia Day with a party symbol, regardless the party. "It's the national flag that should be in our hand."
The Mole verified with Manoharan who confirmed he made the postings on his Facebook. However he insisted there was no malice or disrespect intended and that Malaysians should look at his proposal with an open mind.
"This flag has long been associated with the Barisan Nasional, which has ruled since Independence. If the government is replaced then so too should the national flag," Manoharan argued.
"Our national flag has been around for more than 50 years. Time and circumstances have changed and it's only proper that we should take this into consideration," he said.
He also said that the main elements that should be changed the red and white stripes "which make Malaysia look like a minion of the United States."
Manoharan said it was possible the Jalur Gemilang had played an unwitting role in the fatal shooting of BernamaTV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor on Sept 3 in Somalia, it being mistaken for the American flag.
M. Manoharan is a lawyer and currently state assemblyman for Kota Alam Shah in Selangor. Was previously active with Hindraf, a Tamil-based movement that has been banned.
A secular, predominantly Chinese, social democratic Malaysian political party. It is a member of the opposition Pakatan Rakyat.