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Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak arrives for the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign in Batu Pahat, Johor August 8, 2017. — Pictures by Choo Choy MayCommunications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak arrives for the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign in Batu Pahat, Johor August 8, 2017. — Pictures by Choo Choy MayBATU PAHAT, Aug 9 — The government’s latest Merdeka campaign was launched to a huge turnout of almost 25,000 people last night.

Titled ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’, the campaign aims to bolster patriotism among Malaysians ahead of the country’s 60th Merdeka celebrations later this month.

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  • Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak arrives for the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign in Batu Pahat, Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak shows a thumbs-up sign as he arrives for the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign in Batu Pahat, Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • People watch as dancers perform during the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign at the Batu Pahat Stadium in Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Dancers perform during the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign at the Batu Pahat Stadium in Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • (From left) Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman , Datuk Ayub Rahmat, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak and Datuk Seri Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad launching the Negaraku MyFlag smartphone app at the Batu Pahat Stadium in Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • The Malaysian flag is raised during the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign at the Batu Pahat Stadium in Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • (From left) Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman , Datuk Ayub Rahmat, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak and Datuk Seri Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad cheer as the Malaysian flag is raised during the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign at the Batu Pahat Stadium in Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak flags off the ‘Kembara Merdeka Negaraku’ bike expedition at the Batu Pahat Stadium in Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • People wave the Malaysian flag during the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign at the Batu Pahat Stadium in Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • A view of part of the crowd attending the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign at the Batu Pahat Stadium in Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • People wave the Malaysian flag during the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign at the Batu Pahat Stadium in Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • People cheer as they wave the Malaysian flag during the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign at the Batu Pahat Stadium in Johor August 8, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May

  • Datuk Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, Director General Information Department (fourth left), Professor Dr Sivamurugan Pandan of Universiti Sains Malaysia (third left) and Professor Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong (sixth left) together with volunteers at the launch.

The crowd, made up largely of youths, turned up at the Batu Pahat stadium despite a persistent drizzle throughout the evening to celebrate the launch organised by the Information Department.

It was a lively and colourful affair with performances to entertain the crowd. 

The campaign, which is part of the Merdeka month celebrations, also included the launch of the Negaraku MyFlag smartphone app developed by the Information Department. 

The app allows individuals to download a digital version of the national flag which can then be displayed anywhere. 

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, when launching the campaign here last night, stressed on the importance of displaying the national flag with pride during the Merdeka month.

(From left) Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman , Datuk Ayub Rahmat, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak and Datuk Seri Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad launching the Negaraku MyFlag smartphone app.(From left) Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman , Datuk Ayub Rahmat, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak and Datuk Seri Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad launching the Negaraku MyFlag smartphone app.

“Patriotism belongs to all Malaysians,” Salleh said in his speech, stressing that the sense of patriotism should be shared by all Malaysians. 

“It is the most important value for Malaysians. The love for the country must be in the minds and hearts of every Malaysian,” he said.

His views were echoed by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin, whose speech was delivered on his behalf by Johor state exco Datuk Ayub Rahmat.

“The Jalur Gemilang is not just a piece of cloth that is simply waved. It is the most important symbol in our country. It is our soul,” he said.

People cheer as they wave the Malaysian flag during the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign.People cheer as they wave the Malaysian flag during the launch of the ‘Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa’ campaign.

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