SIBU: Malaysians should not fly faded or tattered Jalur Gemilang as such an act is a disgrace to the country's sovereignty and image, says Works Ministry Baru Bian.
He said this was more so now as Aug and Sept had been declared as the Merdeka Month and National Month respectively.
Baru said the act of flying any tattered Jalur Gemilang especially during the months would reflect badly on the country as a sovereign and independent nation.
"Let us all fly our national flag proudly from our offices, business premises and homes. We must give a very good impression to everyone particularly outsiders," he said when officiating at the state-level Patriotic Speech contest organised by the State Information Department at the Sibu Civic Centre here today.
Speaking the reporters later, the minister said although Sarawakians had July 22 as their independence day, it would make great sense for them to gleefully and enthusiastically celebrate Aug 31 as the country's independence day.