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[Call for a change to the flag by Bersih movement] image located by José Manuel Erbez Rodríguez, 3 September 2012



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Call for a change to the flag by Bersih movement

A political group wants the Malaysian flag to be changed: http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20120902-369171.html

'New flag' stunt raises ire of M'sians
news.asiaone.com
KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIANS from all walks of life have described the demands made by supporters of the Bersih movement for the Jalur Gemilang to be replaced with a different flag as "shameful" and "treasonous". They are also incensed over the actions of the same group, which insulted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak by stomping on his picture during the countdown to the Merdeka Day celebrations at Dataran Merdeka here on Thursday. The supporters of Bersih, who claim to be championing for a better electoral system for the country, had displayed a flag they had created to replace the Jalur Gemilang and distributed flyers to the people to support their cause. Their actions can be seen in a video posted on YouTube [followed by many comments criticizing the flag].

Further information at http://www.bikyamasr.com/76646/flag-change-calls-in-malaysia-spark-ire-of-country/ :
Flag change calls in Malaysia spark ire of country
KUALA LUMPUR: Walking down almost any street in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, the blue and white striped flag, with its yellow crescent moon are typical window dressings. “This is our flag. We are proud of this and it is a symbol of Malaysia and our success,” shopkeeper Nur told Bikyamasr.com when asked if he supported the Bersih demonstration movement’s calls for a flag change. “It just seems they want to get attention and while I agree with a lot of their ideas, this one is just stupid,” he added. Many Malaysians have described the attempts to change the flag “shameful.” Even Bersih supporters told Bikyamasr.com that this effort is taking away from their goals of change and electoral freedom for a country that has seen one-party rule since its independence more than five decades ago. Some supporters of Bersih, who are championing for changes to the electoral system in the country, had displayed a flag they had created to replace the “Jalur Gemilang” – Malaysia’s current flag – and distributed flyers to the people to support their cause. Their actions can be seen in a video posted on YouTube.

But it has not gone over well, with most Malaysians laughing the stunt off as an attempt to regain their headlining ability after months of near silence. With elections to be held before April next year, the country is beginning to see a massive increase in politicking and while the flag stunt is unlikely to go over well with most Malaysians, it has pushed the Bersih demonstrators back into the spotlight, where they hope to continue their push for greater electoral freedom.

[Call for a change to the flag by Bersih movement] image located by José Manuel Erbez Rodríguez, 3 September 2012

On another web page (http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/04/27/bersih-ontop-of-the-world-literally/) a different flag is shown, yellow-black-yellow:
"PETALING JAYA: Bersih 3.0 has literally reached the top of the world now. Two Malaysians unable to participate in the rally at Dataran Merdeka tomorrow have decided to have one of their own as they scaled the highest mountain in the world Mount Everest throughout the weekend. A photograph of the two men was posted on the Bersih 3.0 official page today, garnering more than 1,000 “likes” and more than 100 comments, mostly praising the duo. In the picture, the men are seen holding a Malaysian flag and the Bersih 3.0 banner with the words “Mendaki Bantah, Mount Everest”, a variation of Bersih 3.0′s theme of “Duduk Bantah.” “They don’t want their identity to be known at the moment, but they are just ordinary Malaysians who supports us. “They have put up the Bersih flag on their first day of their base camp yesterday I think,” said Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah."