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CGC’s giant Jalur Gemilang tribute to nation

PETALING JAYA — It is difficult to miss the huge Jalur Gemilang hanging on the face of the Credit Guarantee Corporation building in Kelana Jaya.

The 30.4m by 12.1m symbol of Malaysian sovereignity can be seen by motorists approaching the 16-storey building at the Kelana Business Centre.

It is also clearly visible to the thousands riding the LRT from Subang Jaya to Kuala Lumpur daily.

The flag is a resplendent reflection of the Merdeka spirit of staff, especially president and chief executive officer Mohd Zamree Mohd Ishak, the prime mover behind the effort.

The 50-year-old Sabah-born management guru is a fervent believer in the power of unity among the races and religions to take the nation forward.

He came up with the idea of flying the RM35,000 flag last year to reflect the unity of spirit among the 540 staff and their love for the nation.

“We flew it last year and are doing it this year too. The Jalur Gemilang on our building is our way of showing devotion to the nation. It is a tangible reflection of the Merdeka and Malaysian spirit among our staff,” he said in
an interview.

The flag will fly until Sept 17, a day after Malaysia Day, which also features prominently in Zamree’s reckoning given his family’s intimate connection with the life-changing formation of the federation of four territories.

“Merdeka Day is the first date of significance for us every year at CGC, with Malaysia Day being the second. Both are a reflection of our cohesion as a nation and people,” said the top executive at the company who insists on multi-racialism being the backbone of his corporate philosopy.

Zamree, whose father Mohd Ishak Awadan was aide-de-camp to late Sabah chief minister Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens, said his CGC “family” was a reflection of

Malaysia with Malays, Chinese, Indians and those from Sabah and Sarawak playing equally important roles in preserving social cohesion.

“I believe fervently that we must all carry the spirit of Merdeka and Malaysia in us for this nation to continue being successful,’’ said the father of three who has inculcated this in his children.

CGC’s plans for Merdeka and Malaysia Day next year will be the grandest since Zamree started with the company in 2014.

The company with 16 branches nationwide will be celebrating its 45th anniversary on July 5 next year with plans to extend the celebrations into Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day.

“It will be a combined celebration next year that will start with our anniversary and extend just beyond Sept 16,’’ he added.

Zamree plans to keep the giant Jalur Gemilang flying on the building next year too to remind staff and Malaysians passing that way that multi-racialism is key to taking Malaysia forward.

CGC was established in 1972 to issue guarantees for loans obtained by Small and Medium Enterprises.

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