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The Malaysian Flag is also known as Jalur Gemilang, meaning stripes of glory.
This 'supermodel' comes from my garden.
As the Bunga Raya (Rosa Sinensis), can be found abundantly everywhere in Malaysia, our first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman declared it our national flower in 1960. The five petals of bunga raya symbolise the Rukunegara, our 5 Principles of Nationhood.
During this season, the flags are everywhere; at the roundabout and traffic junction, under the flyover. Also hanging from tree trunks, lamp poles, flag poles, from window ledges, taxis, public transport vehicles and passenger cars. Also, shops, offices, temples, churches, mosques and homes. Yes, on rooftops too!
At shopping complexes, we have the month long Merdeka Sales and more displays of Malaysian flags everywhere. To bargain hunter tourists, this is the best time to visit our country for shopping. Prices are slashed down to 50%, 60 or 70%! Now is the time to buy, buy, buy. We locals can also shop in advance for Hari Raya, Deepavali, Christmas and New Year. There is cost savings in the long run. Trust me.
At schools, school children group together and have fun decorating their classrooms and compound with more flags. The spirit of patriotism is alive here. Are there any contests for 'guest the number of flags' here?
At government offices like this Fire Brigade, creativity is put to good use. Can you spot how many flags are there in this picture? You must observe carefully, look at the passing car too.
This is the parking lot of Tesco Hypermarket. From left to right, the 4 flags represent Malaysia country, Selangor state, Tesco store and Sime Darby group.