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Warning: Outbreak of Flagitities in August August 10, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Huh?!, Malaysia, Politics, Southeast Asia.

An apt inaugural post under the new category “Huh?!”.

Now, we can’t have our cake and eat it?

(Though I’m sure in the past, officials have been photographed cutting cakes with the “Malaysian” flag)

Quick. Someone unearth those old photos of flag-cakes and take pics of vertically hanging flags on government buildings!

PM’s Dept: Cakes with Jalur Gemilang disrespectful

PUTRAJAYA: It is not appropriate to bake cakes with the Jalur Gemilang design on them.

According to the Prime Minister’s Department’s ceremonial division and international conference secretariat, it is not proper to make cakes with the national flag design on them but it has now become a practice by many people.

“Some people think that it is all right to bake cakes with the national flag design on them, but actually, it is inappropriate because later, they will be cut and eaten. The gesture is not appropriate,” a spokesman from the secretariat said today.

The secretariat said while Malaysians were encouraged to show patriotism in the run-up to the country’s 50th Merdeka Day celebrations by displaying the Jalur Gemilang in a creative manner, they must bear in mind that the dignity of the national flag must be maintained.

“Don’t display the national flag in a manner that is deemed degrading. For instance, it is not proper for you to display it as a bikini, swimsuit, towel, wash clothes, or use it as a tablecloth and cushion or toilet seat covers,” he said.

It is all right to wear the national flag as clothes, hats as long as there are no elements of disrespect for it.

Action can be taken against those who display the Jalur Gemilang in a disrespectful manner under Section 3 of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1963. If found guilty of being disrespectful to the national flag, the person can be fined up to RM1,000.

So far, action has not been taken against anyone because the Government does not intend to punish but instead wants to encourage patriotism and civic-mindedness among Malaysians.

Currently, the secretariat writes to companies found to be displaying the national flag inappropriately, advising them to rectify the error.

Many people are still making the common mistake of displaying the Jalur Gemilang on buildings vertically. The national flag should be displayed horizontally while the Malaysian banner vertically, said the secretariat spokesman.

There are also those who display a huge national flag, which is supposed to be used on buildings, on their cars or too many small flags on the roof of their cars, compromising their safety.

Individuals or companies who want to display the Jalur Gemilang in a creative manner but have doubts about whether it is appropriate can contact the secretariat at (03) 8888-1957.

Malaysians are also advised to refer to the circular posted on the Information Ministry’s website at www.penerangan.gov.my to find out about the right way to display the national flag.

The PM’s Dept should look into another subject – pressure to hang portraits of the PM in shops and offices. Dust. Soot. Too much photoshop-ing. Not very flattering. And isn’t idolatry a big no-no?



1. wits0 - August 11, 2007

EW, Is it about fetish or “itities”, or both? Idolatry gets a selective thumbs up as the norm.

2. Hasbullah Pit - August 11, 2007

I’ve saw Regular Jalur Gemilang hanged vertically at Kg Sempang Merlimau Melaka.

Normally, Jalur Gemilang on that area hanged by UMNO cawangan.

3. monsterball - August 11, 2007

It can be said that by eating a cake baked in the shape of our National flag..people are proving to be loyal citizens by keeping the flag close to the heart…eating it….provide it do not turn out to be shit later on……..hahahahahaha

4. OMG - August 11, 2007

Cake with Jalur gemilang later cut up and eaten, not appropriate.
Holy Shit!

I think our Government officials have too much time on their hands, they have to think of ways on how to busy themselves.

Now I know we have an Emblems and Names Act, another act to threaten the good rakyat of this country with, on top on Sedition Act, OSA, ISA, Printing and Presses Act, blah blah blah.
Sooner or later, all of us would have one time or another been arrested under any or all of this acts!

God save this country. The mentality of the people running this country are not progressive, but suppressive and oppressive, and it permeates all the way down.

5. yh - August 11, 2007

threats, threats and threats and nothing but threats. damn it, must as well dont celebrate at all. even then, there’s a threat from another minister you will get some TV time if you dont fly the flag.
the environment is so dictatorial with threats spewed out by ministers from all directions. akin to a bankrupt and police state!

6. wits0 - August 12, 2007

That’s the case, yh. Tantrums all around as attempted mind control asserts itself via another name. One could now say that Bodohland governance runs things by threats. Everything of importance seems to be clearly skewered and normalized double speak.

“Boswell tells us that Samuel Johnson made this famous pronouncement that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel on the evening of April 7, 1775. He doesn’t provide any context for how the remark arose, so we don’t really know for sure what was on Johnson’s mind at the time.

However, Boswell assures us that Johnson was not indicting patriotism in general, only false patriotism…”

7. wits0 - August 12, 2007

You’ll have to be a masochist of sorts, with such awareness of the given reality, therefore, to celebrate 50 years of systematic repression that in fact shrinks the nation’s psyche and cheapens its sublime values.

8. arifabdull - August 14, 2007

bagaimana pula kalau sekali saja rakyat Malaysia dapat kekuatan untuk keluarkan amaran kepada pemerintah?

9. V T - August 15, 2007

Hi Liz and All


Holliday villa Subang,
4. Biggest Malaysian Flag Cake 2000 & 2002
Malaysian Book of Records.

just gotta go and steal a photo from someone, if not mistaken, that was done during the “Malaysia Boleh” time and one of the gov officials attended this function, I assume they cut and eat the cake.

better to eat and let it grow moldy……..

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