True pa­tri­ots study and work hard

New Straits Times - - Letters -

I RE­FER to the re­port “KL folks are un­pa­tri­otic, Tengku Ad­nan says” (NSU, Aug 5).

Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor was disappointed that Kuala Lumpur res­i­dents did not show much love for the country ahead of Na­tional Day be­cause they did not fly the Jalur Gemi­lang.

He urged Kuala Lumpur City Hall to reduce the num­ber of free flags it gave out.

How­ever, pa­tri­o­tism can be mea­sured in many ways.

In the case of the na­tional flag, I be­lieve it de­serves to be flown on flag poles and not as or­na­men­tal pieces placed flat on build­ings or fences.

The minia­ture ones should not be stuck on ve­hi­cles, as they have the ten­dency to break loose and fly in the wind, only to land on mo­torists.

Pa­tri­o­tism is be­yond su­per­fi­cial feel­ings. If fa­nat­i­cal sup­port for club or state teams qual­i­fies as pa­tri­o­tism, then foot­ball fans qual­ify as among the most pa­tri­otic.

True pa­tri­ots are those who study or work hard, are ef­fi­cient and pro­duc­tive, con­trib­ute to the econ­omy and pay taxes, law-abid­ing and cour­te­ous on the road and wher­ever they go.

They con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety with their money, time or tal­ent in var­i­ous de­grees, and are care­ful not to pol­lute the earth or cause en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age.

Those who be­lieve in God do not seg­re­gate peo­ple by race, and Malaysians who em­brace univer­sal val­ues are more ac­cept­able to the hu­man race.

Great pa­tri­ots are recog­nised not just by their own cit­i­zens, but by other na­tion­al­i­ties.

Our great­est pa­tri­ots emerged in the Malayan Emer­gency from 1948 to 1960, and dur­ing the early years of in­de­pen­dence and for­ma­tion of Malaysia.

Many of them were Spe­cial Branch of­fi­cers work­ing un­der­cover. Their mis­sions were so covert that even their fam­i­lies did not know about it.

They cer­tainly did not wear their pa­tri­o­tism on their sleeve.

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Pa­tri­ots take care of the en­vi­ron­ment.

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