KUALA LUMPUR – August 22, 2019: Recent images of inverted Jalur Gemilang circulating online are garnering negative response from Malaysians, with many proclaiming such act as ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘disrespectful’.
Former Kempas assemblyman Datuk Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Jumat described such act as a betrayal to the country and to our uniformed units who laid down their lives for the country.
“The latest threat to our racial harmony is inverted flags which has brought upon the anger of loyal Malaysians,” he wrote in his Facebook posting.
Mohd Kauthar, through his Twitter account wrote that Malaysia should have a harsher penalty against people who commit such act.
“Sometimes, we need heavier penalties so that this kind of things does not repeat. Till when must we see this kind of things get away with just a simple ‘sorry’,” he said.
He was referring to the case where an authorised UMW Toyota dealer hanged the Malaysian flag upside down.
Toyota has since apologised for the mistake and assured that actions had been taken to ensure that such it will never happen again.
“We deeply regret and apologise for what had happened. As Malaysians we have great respect and love for our country,” said Mr. Ravindran K. President of UMW Toyota Motor.
However, more images of inverted Jalur Gemilang were recently circulated in social media which suggested that it was not an isolated case, spreading even at certain schools.
Khayrul Farid, also on Twitter mentioned how his sister’s school has been receiving inverted flags from its supplier.
In another tweet, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik quoted Khayrul’s tweet and assured the public that his ministry will look into the matter.
Johor police also yesterday warned all quarters not to disrespect the national flag, citing at least three laws to prosecute those who do so.
“Action will be taken against those who intentionally misuse the national flag whether physically or online,” said Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din.
His warning came following several reports on social media sites showing the Jalur Gemilang being flown in improper positions, including one where it was hung upside down.
Meanwhile political secretary of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Syahredzan Johan claimed that several incidents where the Jalur Gemilang had been flown the wrong way are being deliberately manipulated to create the perception that the national flag is being defiled by certain group of Malaysians.