Friday, August 24, 2007

JALUR GEMILANG: GANTUNG JANGAN TAK GANTUNG <- patriotic??

p/s: so... if u never asked youself.. now at the 50th birthday of Malaysia.. and after we've take up critical thinking, and doing this blogging thing, and often ppl kutuk, esp chinese are not patriotic ... so, comment on my post la.. :P plz plz haha...
Ah.. okay my 1st time to start a blog post woohoo :P (Anyway, if anyone is wondering, i am jiau chee ok.... hehe..) Since the Independent Day, 31st Aug is approaching, i would like to post something, about some patriotic phenomenon that have been going on, this few years (well tat's when i noticed), and also something i noticed all along, especially in school where patriotism was supposed to be install in students / us.


Many steps were taken nowadays, to promote patriotism. 1st of all, by the former PM, the name for our bendera, become Jalur Gemilang (he's really good with names, isn't he?), then about gantung bendera at your home, cars with the little bendera thing all over the roofs of the cars, or bonnets covered with flags (in miri, they put the sarawak flags on the boot).

Besides, there are also "national bicycle-riders" (mostly, really young boys) along the street as days approaching 31st Aug. with either REALLY BIG Malaysia flag on the pole sticking out at the tyres of the bicycles here and there,(which really annoying, if you are driving, because they are really distracting your view and almost kene your car if you passby, my dad's car kene the flag once n i was in the car).

Well, basically, all this is sort of telling everyone HARI KEMERDEKAAN is coming soon~ or yay, a perfect time is here again, for you to shout loud loud and nobody will look at you with "you are a weirdo" kind of stare. haha :P

But what i noticed was also, those cars / bicycles.. with the flags and all.... ermmm there are always unidentified objects flying out from them, i.e those cars windows / those bicycle-riders. What are those?? haha RUBBISH la... thrown by those people... They are so patriotic that they dont know what's the function of rubbish bins?

Another thing that always keep me thinking, those boys, i seen when i was on holiday, and way before 31st August, they were cycling around not only during weekends, but weekdays also ; not only during night time, but also day-time a.k.a school hours . Why are they on the streets, and not in class? :) and for crying out loud, even after holiday a.k.a 31st Aug or the whole bulan merdeka thing, still they are around!!!!!

Is this the only way to be patriotic? I really wonder.. In my opinion, those are just action action only la... Why? Here goes:

1st, you dont warm your b*tt on the chair in classroom, listen (or dont doze off at least) to the lessons taught in school, finish your homework properly, and ultimately, dont fail your test/exam, BUT being so "PATRIOTIC" in cycling around with flags??? hahahah~~ I wonder how much can one contribute effectively to the country by jz cycling with flags whole day.. -.- If they could make themselves useful with knowledge and later become some constructive assests for the country..

Another thing is, if you walk on the street, those lorong2 or even main streets.. parking lots and all.. you can see they are beautifully "decorated" with JUNK =.= why? people are littering anywhere, anytime. Especially, drivers, despite how dangerous it is as those rubbish may hit the other cars... ,including the bicycle-riders, becoz they buy drinks, and throw everywhere, most probably because they have this hallucination that the grass or streets or drains are rubbish bins. =.=''''' So, does it make you patriotic, although you have the biggest fkag (s) on your car / or you stick the most flag thingy on ur car (s) / flags sticking out at the back or front of the bicycles, when you littering like nobody's business at the same time?? hahaha.. i gues yes to them, because it is also an art to "mencantikkan" alam sekitar? haha "beautify", even junk everywhere is art?? haha :P

Then those building with Jalur Gemilang, haha.. u see, let the flag to kene sun n rain, some even koyak2 here and there, does that respect the country? i remember during my moral lessons during primary school, the bendera must be taken in and kenot kene rain because tat is disrespectful... haha so.. jz hang or gantung to action la~

Seriously i dont throw rubbish anywhere. Because i had a hard time picking them up during school time.. =.= because we have this thing call kerja kumpulan, which is to pick up rubbish, either on the field, or those they hide it in the bushes.. (and d*mn they did a bad job hiding it, because the prefects still always can detect the rubbish), or IN the drain (where it is so so so deep down that it can be a good or your winning spot to play hide-and seek, i always named to go, literally, INTO the drains to pick those rubbish up, n they don provide us with the long pengepit so, use HANDS MAN!! ). And i will stop my friends or my family to do so, and if they insist, i'll take over the rubbish and throw for them, or point them the nearest dustbin. Even during my family trip, to Sibu esp, i always bring plastic bags ( i mean BAGSSSSSSS) in the car, for rubbish, no matter hw big is it, then when we stop by somewhr, then dispose them. I pantang ppl cincai throw rubbish, so, watch out haha :P And tat's my way to be patriotic, not a big deal for most people, or jz a small thing or actually basic thing i can do at least, to keep our environment clean, where i can reach. :P

The next thing is.. during some formal occasion, or during assembly... we must sing Negaraku right or not? haha.. now the question is.. How many of us do sing? (shame on you if you still dont or get the lyrics wrong!!!) and if you heard the national anthem played, on radio, did you pay respect to it? :) haha.. ask yourself okay.. :P think critically la, i of coz don mean situations where you cannot STAND still for a few minutes and SING (soft2 at least) of coz, like if you're in the toilet doing some business... or driving, or crossing the road or etc which really make you unable to STAND still at least to pay respect okay.

And again, I did that. And also force my lil sisters n bro, n my friends to stand still at least when I heard it. haha coz i will just stand still abruptly, even on the street or wherever, to pay respect at least, and i do sing and force my lil sisters n bro to sing oso, coz i got power as their elder sis, kekekek but i will tell my friends to do so.. cant force la.. Even at home, i heard it on TV, i'd stand, and oso make others in my family to do so oso, and i will sing it out loud. Even in the middle of the night, i on radio, n when it hit 12, the radio will on national anthem, tho sleepy, i will still stand n sing soft2 coz my big sis sleeping od, n i don wan to get whack.

Even during assembly, those from other class will look at me like one kind coz i will sing it out during the assembly, when all of them jz keep quiet but stand still, or mumbling. and becos they did not sing, and pissed the principals off, we had to sing it over n over again till she can hear us loud and clear, then only proceed with the assembly... and we have been stand more than 1 hours. =.=

That is how i show my patriotism, at least. i do hav small flags here n thr in my house but we dont gantung big bendera at the balcony or at the gate of my house, or cover the bonnet n boot of car at my house with flags, and i didnt cycle around with flags, neither can i write really patriotic poems like others can. I am not posting these all to praise myself or raise my own butt, but to share, actually we can easily show patriotism, by doing simple things for the country, and not "commercialise" like the gantung jalur gemilang thing. And also, hw persistent you can be when doing so. :)

so..... How patriotic are you? :P

11 comments:

ireneC said...

wow a chee... I salute u man!!

Okie... As for me:

Firstly, I dun throw rubbish too. I hate people just fly away their tissues or plastic bags after used. There's a common question going around to respond on this: "Will u do the same to ur own house?" It's true. They only bother if it's their own house compound. Just imagine how loud they will shout when someone throw rubbish right outside their house. What about their own country? Is that not their place too?? If anyone answer with a "No", I think u can leave Msia coz u r not part of It and u dont belong here.

As for the flag thing. Ya. I agree with u, chee. I do find them irritating and a waste of 'effort'. Most of them who put it all around dont even understand or even know how to take care and respect the flag at all. During NS, the trainer taught me how to fold and keep the flag. They even stared at me and almost told me off when one of the edges touched the ground unintentionally. Sorry... that was the first time I was folding the flag all by my self ma...

Next, the national anthem. Okie. I have to admit a bit here la. I'd jump up immediately to switch the channel whenever I hear that song or even shut the tv totally. But this doesnt mean I dont respect it lo. Coz sometimes I think it's too much. If Msia wants the ppl to learn to respect the song this is not the right way. U cant force everyone to stand up suddenly while u are eating or doing some reading... The best way is where everyone learn how to respect from the inside out instead of just showing off. Sometimes these methods are just not practical enough. Sorry, this is how I feel and just my own opinion.

If we really love our country, there are thousands of things we can do. Start from the very little things around us. Learn to appreciate the peace we have here compared to some countries having wars every now and then, appreciate the basic requirement human needs we have here, start to thank ppl who keep our place clean and take us to our destination safely, take an effort to do some social work or perhaps start to learn how to throw the rubbish in the right place-rubbish bin. Right??? =)

ireneC said...

sorry... there's a typo there.

I meant "i dun 'simply' throw rubbish everywhere."

Carmen N said...

J-Chee (not J-Lo! hahaha)

On a side note... big time RED HERRING here.. I wanted to say a BIG HUGE thank you for putting up the critical thinkers count counter... very very nice... :-)

Now we can see how popular we are!! hahahah

Thanks again... looks grrrrReat!

yeevon said...

I notice drivers with their cars decorated with supersize flags and lil flags all over 'em drive like lunatics. Well maybe i'm err generalising but seriously, so far, I've seen 3. It's like saying, "Look at me look at me!! I'm so patriotic I drive to kill too!" That's a way to show your patriotism too right? *roll eyes*

suesin23 said...

well..you could be right..but as for me, i dont practice patriotism..its not in my blood anyway..haha

ireneH said...

patriotic? i think even we are patriotic but we dun have to show it off all the times. You can show ur patriotism when it is necessary. But then if u dun carry a flag or wat not means that u're not patriotism....!! For those ( most probably malays ..sory for sexism) who always said that they luv thier country and participate in those events celebrating during merdeka days, are they really patriotic? i'm not saying that everyone but how many of them are seriouly patriotic? Let's look at the crime that happened! Many of those cases involved the malays oso! The government serve the right to protect the bumiputra but still they are creating so many social problems..!! It is better to think how to maintain the reputation of the country other than flagging on the roadside !
The statement above applies to some of them only... not all la..
Anyway, Happy Merdeka Days ..

ireneH said...

sorry.. not sexist .is racist!!

jeannie said...

Well, I don't litter. I used to have a big flag at the balcony of my house during Merdeka and I stand straight when i sing the national anthem BUT...I couldn't count myself as really patriotic. Come on, let's face it! How many of us know Malaysia that well?In terms of politics, economics and social issues? KJ i know is going to prove me he's one patriotic guy lar..but how many of us REALLY understand malaysia? Journalism has proved that we dont even know the ministers and issues in our own country. And why until this age already and we are still lacking knowledge on our own country? Coz we never go and try to understand Malaysia. Pathetic...yea..i'm saying myself as well. That's why I said I couldnt count myself as patriotic.

jeannie said...

I suddenly have a thought...how do you judge if you love a country or not? You may not gantung bendera...but u support malaysia whenever Malaysian athletes go for competitions..does that make u patriotic or maybe not? You may throw rubbish but you stand up against anyone who insult your country. Are you someone who loves the country then?
It's the same thing that happens in every family... All of us love our families, right? But there are still times when we hurt our family members. Does that mean we don't love them? For me, CERTAINLY NOT! I still love them although there are times when I hurt them.
There it goes...how do we judge if we love a country or not? No flag mean no love? Hmmm...

KahJoon said...

good point there but then like dr carmen always say, its a false dilemma..u cant compare things like that. right now my mind clouded, cant think clearly so i nvr put up supporting arguments..maybe later lah

Carmen N said...

Aiyoh.... KJ, when you compare two things that are not comparable, it's false ANALOGY, not false dilemma... die lah exam time... ;-)

But in this case, Jeannie's analogy is actually a GOOD ONE! So, not a fallacy after all.