East Timor government has established a decree law in order all the government agencies to raise the the national flag and and sing the national anthem in every schools and government institutions stating tomorrow.
"The National Flag will be raised on these dates at 8:00 AM, starting next 1 August, in a ceremony to be attended by all civil servants working at the various State Departments, who will sing the National Anthem," said in a press released sent to TS by Council Minister.
According to a press released from secretary state of Council Ministers said, "The National Flag and the National Anthem are the unifying symbols of the Timorese Nation, representing national sovereignty and the independence, unity and integrity of Timor-Leste. As such, they must be respected by all Timorese citizens, regardless of their political convictions, religious beliefs and social origins."
"It is an obligation of the State to ensure that every Timorese citizen throughout the country respects the National Symbols, particularly the National Flag and the National Anthem. This is even more so on Solemn Days associated with important and meaningful dates for the Nation’s sovereignty and independence," the press released continued.
During the Indonesian occupation every monday in every schools and government agencies host the Indonesian red and white national flag and sing the national anthem of Indonesia Raya but today no many Timorese can sing their national anthem of Patria Patria.
The council Minister, "Acknowledging that civil servants have a greater responsibility in terms of giving the proper respect to the National Symbols, the Government has decided to Fly the National Flag in all State Agencies and education establishments on 2 February (Falintil-FDTL Day), 27 March, (PNTL Day), 20 August, (FALINTIL Day) and on the first Monday of every month."
"Any citizens wishing to associate themselves with this initiative are hereby invited to attend the designated places, namely the Government Palace, Ministries, Secretariats of State, education establishments and other State agencies, on the dates above, " the press released ENDS