Last Wednesday, May 17, 2016, on our way home from Mersing, we drove to the Sime Darby Property’s Bandar Universiti Pagoh Sales Gallery to have lunch at Kafe Haji Masjuki which serves delicious Mee Bandung Udang Galah.
Entering the area, I noticed something’s terribly wrong about the flags flown at the entrance of the sales gallery’s complex – the district flag of Muar was flown upside down, with its upper left canton at the bottom and the lower right canton at the top!
Flags, especially district’s, state’s and country’s flags must always be respected and must be flown in the right way.
Flying the district of Muar’s flag upside down is a sign of disrespect not only to the district of Muar, but also to the religion of Islam, the Sultan of Johor and the state of Johor, as I what explained in my previous article on the flag of Johor being flown upside down at Desaru Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort.
In the flag of Johor, the white crescent and white star denote Islam and Johor’s sovereign ruler, respectively.
Hence, by flying the fag upside down, the position of the white crescent and star is placed at the lower part of the flag, which is debasing the position of the Sultan of Johor and Islam to a position even lower than the people which were represented by the black fields.
And the worst and the saddest part is, the flag was still flown upside down when I went to the site again on May 21, 2017!
My question are:
- How could such a respected company like Sime Darby do not bother to make sure that its staff understand how to fly the flags in the proper manner and follow the flag protocols?
- The flag was flown upside down for at least 5 days, do people do not bother about their flags anymore?
This is a very serious matter, I’m urging the authorities to be more serious about flag protocols and Sime Darby must issue an apology to the Sultan of Johor, and the government of Johor.