The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has been directed to review its new ruling to businesses in the municipality on the display of the national flag, the Jalur Gemilang.
Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah told Malaysiakini that he has asked MPSJ to review its ruling, making it mandatory for businesses within its jurisdiction to display the Jalur Gemilang from Aug 15 to Sept 16.
This ruling is meant to be enforced from next year.
"I have directed MPSJ to review it. We want to nurture and encourage the patriotism but I urge councils to listen to the rakyat and be sensitive on the approach," Ean Yong said.
He also said that while this was the council's own decision, he advised it to give incentives to those who follow the guideline and display the national flag, instead of punishing those who do not.
The Star Online reported earlier today that MPSJ intended to include this requirement in its business licensing and advertisement guidelines.
MPSJ president Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan was also reported to have issued a warning that that businesses flouting the rule would burn a hole in their pockets.
“A compound of up to RM1,000 will be issued to those who fail to display the national flag during the stipulated duration, as stated in the business licence and advertisement guidelines,” Nor Hisham is quoted as saying.
“This is to encourage the spirit of patriotism among residents and to enliven the National Day celebrations.
“It is also in line with the council’s vision of becoming the premiere international standard local authority based on smart township, business city and ideal residence in 2030,” he added.
He said that once implemented, council officers would carry out checks to ensure that the flag is displayed in an appropriate and respectable manner.