Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Flying the Flag

Activist Hishamuddin Rais was reported by portal Rakyatnews.my as having raised the Sang Saka Malaya flag, at a celebration organized by activists at Dataran Merdeka on Friday night.

In a video uploaded by the portal, Hishamuddin held the flag and said that the Sang Saka will be the people's flag once they are "freed from UMNO". He had also called on the people to reject the Jalur Temberang (Stripes of Lies), which is an apparent reference to the Jalur Gemilang.


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The Sang Saka Malaya is a red-and-white flag with 12 yellow stars reportedly proposed as Malaya's national flag in the 1940s.

Of course, one cannot expect Utusan Malaysia to keep silent on the matter. In the Bisik-bisik column in the paper's Sunday edition Mingguan Malaysia, Awang Selamat said that raising the Sang Saka flag was "insolent" and "a threat to the nation". 

Predictable. Nothing new from Utusan Malaysia. Why can't Hishamuddin make a personal statement? Why must we be so quick to point an accusing finger at him and at others? Why can't Malaysians express themselves freely? And maybe, there are just not enough free Jalur Gemiliang flags this time around and that's why the Sang Saka went up. This is a toungue-in-cheek comment but really, we take things far, far, far too seriously! 

Personally, I don’t see what’s the fuss about! Honest, I don’t. Even today, there are Americans who still insist on flying the Confederate flag:

Image credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23705803

And Scots have their own flag(s) too. Sure, there is the Union Jack, but the British almost always see themselves as individual nations. And there’s nothing wrong with that! 

Image credit:http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02109/Scottish-flag_2109121b.jpg 

Image credit: http://resources3.news.com.au/images/2013/08/15/1226697/557951-scotland-fans-invade-london.jpg

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