Here’s an interesting twist to our cinema-going experience – starting next Wednesday, our national anthem will be played before the start of all movies! And yes, we’re all expected to stand up.
Organized by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, this interesting initiative will run for a week, and is meant to promote a sense of patriotism in the public as Malaysia draws nearer to its 56th National Day on August 31st.
Although details and procedures for the initiative are still in the works, Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek has dropped hints that action would be taken if anyone is found to be doing anything disrespectful or inappropriate while Negaraku is being played; which only makes sense since it is our national anthem and a song that evokes the history, traditions and struggles of Malaysia.
Aside from the enthralling Negaruku, cinemas would also be playing a patriotic video presentation that aims to showcase the sacrifices made by the people and security forces in the fight to defend our nation.
The national anthem and video presentation will be supplied to participating cinemas nationwide by the ministry. As of current, five of Malaysia’s major cinema operators have agreed to participate: Tanjung Golden Village (TGV), Golden Screen Cinema (GSC), Lotus Five Star, MBO and Cathay.
Fellow cinema goers, let’s all keep an open mind about this. Think of it this way – many heroes have fought long and hard for our freedom, and we should be proud of it. Having to stand up for just a few minutes is merely an act of respect to display our love, respect and nationalism towards those fallen heroes and the land that have given us so much.
Happy Merdeka Day all!