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Penang Chief Minister Says That Businesses Won’t be Fined For Not Displaying Jalur Gemilang

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With Hari Merdeka fast approaching, it seems that both local and state governments are doing whatever it takes to encourage businesses and individuals to hang up their Jalur Gemilang.

Although some state departments have done so by organising competitions, some city councils have opted for the opposite by threatening businesses with fines for not showing patriotism.

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However, in the case of Penang, no fines would be imposed on businesses that fail to fly the Jalur Gemilang. According to Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, business premises in Penang are encouraged to fly the Jalur Gemilang in conjunction with the National Month, but those that fail will not be penalised.

He said owners of business premises should voluntarily display the national flag as a sign of solidarity and loyalty to the country.

“In Penang, there is no such policy (imposing penalties). We believe that having such a policy might be counter-productive.”

“Any programme to inculcate love for the country should not be undertaken by force, and many have questioned whether flying the flag is the only way to show our patriotism,” he added.

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He also stated that, “This matter has been debated in the last 10 to 20 years; so over here we encourage people to fly the Jalur Gemilang as a sign of unity, loyalty and love for the country. There is no compulsion.”

 

What do you think of the matter? Let us know in the comments.

 

Also read: Melaka State Information Dept is Offering Rewards Worth RM3,000 to Best Jalur Gemilang Display

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