KAPIT: The divisional-level ‘Fly the Jalur Gemilang’ campaign here was launched by Hulu Rajang MP Wilson Ugak at the State Complex last Friday in conjunction with the 56th Merdeka Day celebration.
Themed ‘Malaysiaku Berdaulat Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku’, the campaign was simultaneously launched across the country, with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launching the national-level campaign in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
More than 300 contingents from some 47 government bodies, non-governmental organisations, corporate sector, local clubs and associations took part in the ceremony that began at 7pm.
However, the programme was delayed due to heavy rain. Initially the venue for the launch was to be at the compound of the State Complex but due to the heavy rain the venue was shifted to the lobby of the building.
The highlight of the event was the raising of the Jalur Gemilang by Ugak and cake-cutting.
Speaking at the function, Ugak called on the people, irrespective of their racial background, creed and
political affiliations to display a high spirit of love and patriotism for the country.
“The date 31st August is a historic day to be cherished by the people of diverse backgrounds as it marks the birth of the country’s independence. This is a time for us to display our true love and patriotism for the country. This loving and patriotic spirit should be derived from our inner self voluntarily without force as there are no other things more valuable than to have a peaceful and harmonious nation.”
“To show our love and patriotism we must have respect for the National Flag ‘Jalur Gemilang’. Let us fly the Jalur Gemilang at our premises, business centres, homes and even our vehicles as it signifies loyalty, unity, bravery, integrity and patriotism of the people towards the country to live up to the spirit of 1Malaysia,” he said.
He reminded the people that the struggle towards independence did not come easy as it came with a heavy price and sacrifice.
“In our struggle towards independence, many of our past leaders had risked their lives. Thus our generation and future generations need to be aware that on our shoulders lay the heavy responsibility to sustain and maintain the sovereignty of the country forever,” stressed Ugak.
Later, he presented the Jalur Gemilang to the various government agencies and communities in Kapit.