The question is, WHY NOW?

Posted: 03 Sep 2012 10:24 PM PDT

The question is, why now?

Why didn't those who 'uphold' Sang Saka Malaya produce the flag at previous Merdeka celebrations. Why chose our 55th anniversary?

What's the political motive and agenda?

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim said it was nothing wrong, and that it was meant to remind Malaysians of the old flag proposed before Independence. But still, why now?

And did Anwar and his Pakatan Rakyat friends know that Sang Saka Malaya was adopted from the Indonesian flag by some pro-Jakarta leaders who had the intention to annexe Tanah Melayu as part of the Republic's territory after Merdeka?

It was also part of the reasons why Indonesia launched 'Konfrontasi' with us after Sarawak and Sabah decided to join Malaysia in 1963-1966). At that time, Sukarno had ambitions of including North Borneo territories to form a bigger Indonesia or a Borneo State sympathetic to or aligned with Indonesia.

Indonesia also regarded the Federation as having a neocolonial status contrary to that of revolutionary Indonesia, especially in light of the fact that Britain would continue to have military bases in Malaya and Singapore.

That's why the flag is also known as Sang Saka Nusantara to reflect Indonesian's dominance in the Malay Archipelago.

It was also for that reason that Sang Saka Malaya was rejected as our national flag. As an independence state, Malaya wanted to be free from any foreign interference.

The timing for the 'resurfing' of the flag is also in doubt. Why can't Anwar himself read what was written on the banner, 'This flag (Jalur Gemilang) must go!'. What does that imply? And he still supports it!

They really have intention to change Jalur Gemilang should Pakatan Rakyat wins the next general election. Although Nik Aziz, Kit Siang, Karpal and others had denied any PR role in the flag issue, it was a dangerous game to play.

Those involved actually took advantage of the government's decision to repeal the Internal Security Act (ISA), the overwhelming support for Bersih and other radical developments that added fuel to the 'anti-Malaysia' sentiments.

Again, why only now?


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