WhatsApp’s New Emoji Set – A Huge Mistake Made in the Malaysian Flag

3 11 2017

Popular communicating app, WhatsApp, recently introduced their own design of emoticons or emoji, in their 2.17.386 update for Android.

The update which was released late last month replaced the use of the Apple emoji with their own unique versions.

This ranges from the usual smiley emoji to the flags of most of the countries in the world.

I was scrolling through the list of it’s flag emojis and realised that something is not right with the emoji of the Malaysian flag, so I took a closer look at the emoji.

I found that the new WhatsApp emoji of Jalur Gemilang has 7 short stripes (4 red stripes and 3 white stripes); whereas in the Malaysian flag, the short stripes should be 8 (4 red stripes and 4 white stripes) and not 7 like the emoji.

That makes it no longer the image of Jalur Gemilang flown proudly by all Malaysians.

The flag of a country reflects the identity of the country, hence country flags must be respected not only by its people but also by the people of other countries.

Such a mistake regarding a country flag is a grave mistake, and as a loyal citizen of Malaysia, I find that the WhatsApp emoji of the Malaysian flag as an insult to the country.

WhatsApp is a huge company running one of the biggest communication platforms in the world; hence the mistake in a country flag emoji is uncalled for and a taint to the image of the company.

WhatsApp must issue an official apology letter to the government of Malaysia for this mistake in their new set of emoji and fix the mistake as soon as possible if the company has high respect for national flags as I do.

 

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Why Was the Johor Flag Flown Upside Down at the Desaru Tunamaya?

6 02 2017

Yesterday, as we drove in front of Desaru Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort I saw something that really shocked me.

I just can’t believe my eyes when I saw the flag of the state of Johor being waved upside down in front of the building.

Flag of Johor flown upside down at Desaru Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort

Flag of Johor flown upside down at Desaru Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort

State flags are patriotic symbols of the state, therefore they must never be flown upside down.

By flying the flag of Johor upside down, Desaru Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort is not only disrespecting the state of Johor but also belittling Islam as the religion of the State, the DYMM Sultan of Johor and the Johor Royal Institution because the white crescent and star represent Islam and the sovereignty of the Sultan of Johor.

When the flag is flown upside down, the crescent and star are placed in the lower part of the flag, which is wrong because the are supposed to be at the upper part of the flag as it symbolises the fact that the Sultan is the supreme leader of the state and that Islam is the religion of the state.

The upside down flag is belittling the position of the Sultan of Johor and Islam as the supreme leader and religion of the state respectively, hence, it is a humiliation to the Johor Royal Institution and Islam.

The question is, was the flag accidentally flown upside down, or did the resort or the staff purposely did it?

Both ways are wrong for even if it was an accident, it’s still wrong because the company must understand that the flag is an important symbol of the sovereign state which must be respected, therefore it should be taken seriously.

And worse if it is purposely done, for it symbolises bad intention to humiliate, belittle and a show of disrespect towards the Johor Royal Institution and Islam as the religion of the state.

Therefore, the Desaru Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort must issue an official apology to the Sultan of Johor and the government of Johor.

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Mistakes In Designs Of Vertical Flags Of Johor

21 06 2016

The districts of Johor, Malaysia were given their own flags on the 3rd March of 2015, and since then the districts flags are proudly seen waving in their respective districts.

All of the ten district flags come in two versions, horizontal and vertical.

The horizontal flags are the ones that we usually see either hoisted from poles or hung against the walls, fences and others.

(Please click here to learn more about the horizontal flags of the districts if Johor)

The vertical flags are the flags that are usually hoisted from a crossbar, either on lamp posts or on walls.

Below are the vertical flags of the districts of Johor:

But it is very unfortunate that when it comes to the districts of Johor vertical flags, I saw mistakes in the designs of some of the flags hung around the districts that I had visited.

One of the common mistakes is converting the design of the horizontal flag into a vertical flag by just rotating the horizontal flag and “stretching its background”.

I first realised these mistakes during my visit to Felda Bukit Ramun, and since then, I like to observe vertical district flags whenever I travel around Johor; and I found that there are mistakes in designs of other vertical flags hung in other places too, including in Batu Pahat which I visited a few day ago.

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From my observation as I travel around Johor, below are the common mistakes in the designs of the vertical flags of the districts of Johor:

Maybe some people are not bothered by these mistakes; and may consider them as little mistakes but for me this is a serious problem because of the importance and the significance of the flags as part of our love, respect and loyalty to the state of Johor.

Apart from that, it also can ruin the meaning and significance in the designs of the district flags.

The best example is the flag of Tangkak, where the blue triangle represents the Mount Ledang; but when the design of the horizontal flag is just rotated to turn it into a vertical flag, the triangle which represents the Mount Ledang is also rotated thus, it doesn’t represent the shape of a mountain anymore.

And that is why in the actual design of the vertical flag of Tangkak, the triangle is cropped at the sides so that the triangle shall remains as a symbol of a mountain.

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The integral aspects of the designs are the crescent and star, and the core colour which must be placed in the right positions of the flags.

The crescent and star in the district flags represent Islam as the religion of the state of Johor, hence they must be placed at the top of the flag or in the central part of the designs; and not at the lower part of the flags as in some of the “faulty” district flags of Kota Tinggi, Mersing and Muar that I came across.

Another mistake that people made when converting a horizontal district flag to a vertical flag is to place the center point of the orthogonally divided flag exactly in the middle of the flag, which what happens in the flags of Muar and Kulai.

And in the flag of Muar, they made the first and fourth quarters black, second quarter yellow with a red crescent and star, and the third quarter red with a white crescent and star.

The real flag has the first quarter red with a white crescent and star, the second and third quarters black, and the fourth yellow with a red crescent and star.

In the flag of Kulai they also made the first and fourth quarters blue, and the second and third quarters red instead of the first and fourth quarters red, and the second and third quarters blue.





Flags, A poem By Ahmad Ali Karim

19 12 2015

The beauty and colours,
Of numerous flags,
Cheering our days,
On poles and bags.

Colourful flags,
In unique designs,
In awesome shapes,
Gleaming in sunshine.

Flags are symbols, 
Used by all,
Countries and states,
As well as football.





Splendid Sydney’s International Food Festival’s Edible Flags

3 02 2014
The British flag consists of scones, cream and jam. (WHYBIN\TBWA/Sydney International Food Festival)

The British flag consists of scones, cream and jam. (WHYBIN\TBWA/Sydney International Food Festival)

 

These splendid edible flags were created by a team of chefs on behalf of the WHYBIN\TBWA advertising agency for the Sydney’s International Food Festival

And each of them were made entirely from the ingredients native to their countries.

The flags look very tasty especially the British flag which was created using scones, cream and jam.

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Please click here for more photos.





Janji Bersih: Are They Trying To Make Malaysia A Republic?

31 08 2012

PAS leader ‘Mat Sabu’ at the ‘Janji Demokrasi’ or ‘Janji Bersih’ or ‘Bersih 4.0’ demonstration last night.

Last night at the ‘Janji Demokrasi’ or ‘Janji Bersih’ or ‘Bersih 4.0’ demonstration, the demonstrators were holding up new flags as reported by Agenda Daily.

That is surely not a Malaysian flag!

So, why are they displaying the flags?

The article asks for an explanation about the flags.

Please click here for: A New Malaysian Flag – A Sign Of PR’s Revolution?

Last year a DAP’s assemblyman wrote in his Facebook that PR would come with a new flag for Malaysia.

Is this Bersih’s and PR’s new flag for Malaysia?

I agree with the article that the flag looks like the flags of Republic Indonesia and Republic Singapore.

And I am asking the same question; are they trying to turn Malaysia into a republic?

The demonstrators showing their new flag.

(Please click here for: Bersih 4.0: Split Into Two Groups?)

Flyers as in the picture below were also distributed at the event last night!

Among PR’s leaders who joined the demonstration were PAS’s Mat Sabu and PKR’s Tien Chua and Fuziah Salleh.

I am very sorry for what had happened last night; I think they are not patriotic and had tarnished the 55th Merdeka Day.

Even if they hate the government, they must respect important official events like our Merdeka Day.

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Happy Merdeka Day/ Happy Independence Day

31 08 2010

Happy Merdeka Day ❗

It means it is Malaysia’s Independence Day.

Malaysia was independence from British on 31\8\57.

So, this year is our 53rd ‘Merdaka Day’ (Independence Day).

The Malaysian Flag (Jalur Gemilang)

The ‘Father of Independence’ or ‘Bapa Kemerdekaan’ is YM Tengku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.

Tengku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj is the first Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Now the Prime Minister is Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak

People in Malaysia put the Malaysian flag at their houses.

I put my Malaysian flag at my house too.

I wonder what is the Argentinian Independence Day called ❓








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