SEREMBAN - All commercial premises and licensed business operators in Negri Sembilan may be required to fly the Jalur Gemilang during the National Day as a condition to have their annual operating licences renewed, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
The proposal was made, he said, as only a few such premises had put up the flag when National Day was celebrated on Monday.
"From my observation, an average of only one or two out of 50 business premises in Seremban had put up the national flag this time around.
"This is most upsetting and implies that either the national flag is too expensive to buy or the people are just not interested to show their love for this beloved country," he said here yesterday.
Mohamad said in contrast, foreign companies and multinational corporations operating here should be commended as they flew the Jalur Gemilang at their premises to mark the occasion.
"I was in Bandar Enstek and Sendayan the other day and I was happy to see our flag being flown at their premises.
"In my years of working and travelling abroad, I have also seen how people in these countries flew their national flags to celebrate such important occasions. But sadly, this spirit seems to be diminishing here," he added.
"We are not asking you to fly the Barisan Nasional flag, but the national flag to mark National Day. Is that too much to ask," he said, adding that if the proposal was implemented, the ruling would cover the entire state.
Asked how long the owners of commercial premises and licensed operators should fly the national flag, Mohamad said this should be carried out for at least seven days.