I have a bone to pick with the authorities, especially our tourism minister.
Was it patriotic to buy BMWs for official use during the NAM Summit rather than using the Proton Perdana? And what has happened to those BMWs?
You want to equate flag-raising to patriotism, well, what about ministers who drive expensive, imported cars on a supposedly minister's salary?
Linking flag-raising with patriotism is like linking ownership of a Proton car with patriotism. If that's how you want to measure our patriotism, well, I dare say we're damned patriotic, judging by the number of Proton cars on the road!
While we're on the subject, let's see how else we can measure patriotism. Let's change the national anthem Negaraku to Malaysiaku, because the more times we say the word Malaysia, we will automatically become more patriotic! Malaysia Boleh!
Let's dump more Protons all over the world, on Everest, in the Australian Outback, in the Sahara
Desert, on the moon - anywhere so that people will stumble upon it and marvel at this beautiful machine. Malaysia Boleh!
But wait, it's also our patriotic duty as Malaysians to expose corruption and bad governance so opposition politicians must be the most patriotic Malaysians in the whole country!
After all, a patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government - Edward Abbey, Western essayist and novelist, and militant conservationist.