Pupils show love for Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU: There was a buzz of excitement at SK Sacred Heart when a group of pupils were given the opportunity to draw what their country meant to them.

Some 70 boys were asked to draw on T-shirt templates and assemble flags as part of a Malaysia Day campaign.

They were excited to showcase their creativity as they took part in Star Media Group’s Raise The Flag initiative and did their best to show their love for the country.

“Malaysia Day is special because it is the birthday of our country and a time when all Malaysians should celebrate,” said Year Four pupil Iden Joshua, who drew a flag and a few hibiscus flowers on his template.

He said race did not matter because “as long as we can live together happily, this will be good enough”.

Year Two pupil Isahak Mohd Irfan, who drew a small flag and people in traditional costumes on his T-shirt template, said he hoped Malaysians would live in harmony forever.

“I drew people because there are many races in Malaysia and we all live happily with one another,” he said.

The school’s Malaysia and National Day programme coordinator Ridwan Sukri said they encouraged pupils to take part in activities that promoted patriotism.

“We need to teach children the importance of National Day and Malaysia Day, as well as why we need to know our history.

“We want to create a nation of peace-loving and loyal citizens,” he added.

Star Media Group’s two-month Raise The Flag initiative, which ends on Malaysia Day this Saturday, aims to strengthen patriotism and unity among Malaysians.

The main sponsor is Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd and the co-sponsor is Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd.

This is the last chance for readers to participate in the Raise The Flag contest, which ends on Sunday. Use the four-page wrap in today’s newspaper to assemble the Jalur Gemilang and decorate the T-shirt template in the centrespread, then pose with the flag and T-shirt for a photograph and post it on social media with the hashtag #RaiseTheFlagMY.

You can also share your photo at and be in the running to win prizes, including staycations at The Andaman, Langkawi and The Westin Kuala Lumpur as well as dining vouchers at top hotels in the Klang Valley.

Submissions with at least 15 people “wearing” the T-shirts and waving the flags stand to win a RM4,000 buffet for 100 people from Original Kayu Nasi Kandar; and winning group school entries will receive Pizza Hut vouchers.

Details and the full list of prizes are available at