On the 3rd September, 2012, Emeritus Professor in the History Department of the University of Malaya (Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim) who was also one of the co-authors of the Rukun Negara, lamented the lack of understanding among a section of the nation’s youth resulting in misguided acts against the accepted national symbols and values.
I think the problem among some of the youth today is that they treat the flag not as a national symbol but as a joke. They don’t realise that the Jalur Gemilang was decided and accepted by the people through democratic process.Whatever the disagreement that may exist between political parties, there are certain facts that have to be accepted by the rakyat.
“Whatever the disagreement that may exist between political parties, there are certain facts that have to be accepted by the rakyat” – Waves of Flak over Flag-The Star Online
He said there was a gross misunderstanding that the national flag was synonymous with the ruling party, in this case the Barisan Nasional led-government.
Speaking to The Malaysian Insider, he asked why only now the new flag issue was brought up? Our people had chosen our flag and our Malaysian flag has been accepted by the majority Malaysian since 1957.-‘Kenapa baru sekarang nak timbulkan bendera merah putih?’ Khoo Kay Kim- The Malaysian Insider