KUALA LUMPUR – The controversies surrounding the pointed star of the Malaysian flag in a live broadcast during the opening ceremony of the 28th Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA) Milo Lum Mun Chak Cup 2019 yesterday proved that some Malaysians still fail to appreciate the value of national identity.
The Deputy President of UMNO, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said, the incident was a disappointing scenario. After 62 years of independence, some Malaysians are still ignorant about the spirit behind the Malaysian flag.
According to him, the crescent and star in the Malaysia flag symbolises the status of Islam in the country. The 14 points in the star represented the 13 states in the country and the Federal Territory.
The 14-point star also imply that all the states in the country recognises the status of Islam in the country.
“Although some thinks that the design of the five-point star was racist or symbolises communism, I think that it was more to ignorance.
“Ignorance as we don’t care or truly love the country. We take the prosperity we have achieved over the decades for granted,” he said.
While thanking the MABA for their swift response in apologising and owning to their mistakes, he also said that the association must also understand that the people have their rights and base to be suspicious about the incident.
“MABA is seen to be monopolised by certain race and did not respect the identity of the country.
“The MABA Facebook account only uses English and Mandarin. The poster of the championship also highlighted English and Mandarin.
“We heard that the ceremony last night also did not utilise the national language despite it was merely a local championship for players under the age of 15,” he said.
He added, it was even more embarrassing for MABA to apologise in English and Mandarin.
“Thus, if MABA truly wanted to be forgiven by the people in the country, they should have shown a good example by respecting the national language and the Jalur Gemilang,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette