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JOHOR BARU: There have been many campaigns and much publicity that encourage one to hoist the Jalur Gemilang during the Merdeka month.
However, the number who are showing their patriotic spirit is less this year compared to previous years.
The national flags are seen at government buildings and main roads that are maintained by local authorities. Unfortunately, those living in some residential areas and villages are not following suit.
Johor Youth and Sports committee chairman Md Jais Sarday said that despite the awareness campaigns, there were less people hoisting the Jalur Gemilang this year and the same went for vehicles.
He said this in his speech at a prize-giving ceremony held in conjunction with the Merdeka Creativity Competition 2012 in here recently. Also present was Johor State information director, Hamdan Kasnan.
Md Jais said he hoped the monthly campaigns will continue to create a wider awareness on the importance of embracing patriotism.
“We have to set a good example for the young so that they, too, will have the patriotic spirit,” he said. Md Jais also presented cash and trophies to eight winners of the competition in various categories that included private buildings, government buildings, residence, 1Malaysia community, school and arch. In appreciation of the media’s support and contribution toward the event, Md Jais also presented plaques to representatives from New Straits Times , TV3, NTV7 and Harian Metro among others, at the event.