The Malaysian flagPosted: August 13, 2008
In my previous post, Celebrating 51 this year, I explained why I decided to fly the Malaysian flag upside down.
I have since received comments from some people regarding the stand I took.
humm, a regular commentator, left me, among other things, this:
It saddened me so much to see my flag upside down. It begs me to question as to whether my country has really fared this bad.
I have given it a lot of thought.
Yesterday, ibat left me another comment:
I don’t feel comfortable with this upside down flag business. If we feel that the country is being poorly run, in ruins etc., depict a flag flown half mast. I feel turning the flag like that is a bordering on ‘biadap’
A reiteration on my part, flying the flag upside down is not equivalent to disrespecting it.
However, humm is right in saying that is has “saddened” him/her. It has saddened me quite a bit as well.
Perhaps this is where I should say that I might have gotten a bit over board, and too caught up with the happenings in Malaysia, that I have come to ignore my own feelings along the way. I was not completely honest with myself, in that even though I felt uncomfortable looking at my own blog with the Malaysian flag flown upside down, I never really asked myself why.
I stand by what I wrote when I first decided to fly the flag upside down.
But I have now decided that I’m going to remove the thumbnail flag from my sidebar.
I don’t apologise for the other people who have decided to fly it upside down, perhaps they have stronger wills and causes than I do. But what I apologise for is my hardheadedness, and in my desire to prove a point, I made a rash decision.
I still believe that those who have chosen to do so are doing it in their own right, and I respect them for that.
But whatever it is, I thank the commentators who have been honest with their criticism and patient enough to bear with me as I continue learning from my mistakes.