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White Flag Campaign : Malaysia

White Flag Campaign:

In Malaysia, some residents of low-income families have started waving white flags as part of the so-called “White Flag Campaign”, or the #benderaputi (white flag) movement.

  • They are doing this to convey distress about the financial crunch they have had to deal with amid the lockdowns due to Covid-19. Malaysia enforced another lockdown on June 1 in order to control another surge of Covid infections.
  • As part of the movement that was initiated last week, families that are facing hunger or need any other kind of assistance are encouraged to wave a white flag or put a piece of white cloth outside their homes to signal that they need help.
  • The idea is that by spotting the white flag, neighbours and good samaritans can reach them.

Black flag movement:

  • Alongside the white flag movement, there is the black flag movement as well, in order to express dissatisfaction with the Malaysian government.
  • Specifically, this movement is demanding that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin resign.

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