Raising flag not just about patriotism

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HOISTING the flag to commemorate National Day is more than just about self-proclamation of identity.

Kg Sg Buloh Head Village Pg Hj Ismail Pg Ibrahim said hoisting the flag should not just for the sake of following orders.

Bruneians should raise the flag with great pride and appreciation at all times without having being told to do so, said the village head.

“The younger generation should learn their history especially the excitement during the Proclamation of Independence of Brunei at the stroke of midnight,” he said.

Pg Hj Ismail recalled the jam-packed Taman Sultan Hj Omar Ali Saifuddien on the December 31 1983 filled with Bruneians getting ready for the independence celebration.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-pertuan of Brunei Darussalam read the Proclamation of Independence and His Royal Highness Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien led the calling out three times of Allahu Akbar after the proclamation, he said.

Hoisting the national flag is a symbol for Bruneians to show their respect towards the leader and the country, Pg Hj Ismail added.

He recalled that in the past, hoisting the flag was considered to be very sacred that residents would hoist the flags during weddings, Aidil Adha celebration and any other festivities.

Meanwhile, the Penghulu of Mukim Mentiri Pengarah Hj Abd Rahman Hj Naim said that the national flag hoisting ceremony is part of patriotism towards the countrymen.

“It is not just a flag. It is our way to appreciate His Majesty’s caring leadership. After all, there is no harm to hoist the flag. You need to show it off to the people. Especially in Kg Ayer like in Kg Batu Marang, it would be great to show to tourists,” he said.

The Brunei Times