It's pretty hard to be a minister in Malaysia nowadays. Not only have to endure and address the angst from the opposition and the people but also have to cope up with sadness. Sad because the people not flying our national flag, Jalur Gemilang in conjunction with August 31 National Day.
Well, if the rakyat is not patriotic enough and reluctant to display the flag for merdeka day celebration, it means that the government has failed to instill the patriotic spirit and the love for country throughout these years. Patriotic spirit doesn't fall on specific date like merdeka day or Malaysia day but throughout the lifetime. If the government has done a good job, the people will fly Jalur Gemilang with great pride and sincerity for merdeka celebration.
The love for the country can be quantified with the number of flags you display? I don't think so. The love for the country comes from within and not through a pompous display of Jalur Gemilang or enforcing some rules. I don't rule out in the future, we might be enforced to display the national flag at our residential premises.
Talking about enforcement, all the cinemas nationwide are ought to air the national anthem Negaraku before the movie. Hmm, does that move really help to instill the spirit of patriotism? You be the judge.
Before I end my entry, since it's Merdeka eve, I wish all of you Selamat Hari Merdeka!