Malaysia says sorry for flag gaffe

Posted August 21, 2017

Indonesian president Joko Widodo has called for a end to the controversy over a misprint of the Indonesian flag in a 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games booklet.

The mistake, he said, was purely unintentional.

According to Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jamaluddin met with Imam on Sunday "to explain the regrettable error and convey his apology on behalf of the MASOC".

In the booklet, the Indonesian flag appeared upside down.

Indonesia's Tempo.co later quoted Imam as saying that their government would be waiting for an official apology from Malaysia over the mistake.

The photo of the flag, printed on the last page of the guidebook has also prompted hashtag #ShameonyouMalaysia trending on social media.

On Saturday, immediately after being alerted to the mistake, Khairy tweeted his apology.

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"The official statement and my personal apology through meeting with Mr Imam, orally and in writing, is a step towards expressing Malaysia's regret of the situation that has taken place". There was no malice.

"We hope these mistakes don't get repeated because flags are important symbols for each country and should be respected", he said. Youth and Minister Imam Nahrawi of Indonesia said the error was very painful.

"We need to be open-minded about this matter".

"This thing should not have happen but it did".

A Malaysian daily newspaper also printed Indonesia's flag upside-down, while Games organisers were caught using the wrong flag for two Brunei athletes at the synchronised swimming.

He said this after witnessed the outgoing Johor police Chief Comm Datuk Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd handing over duties to the new Johor police chief DCP Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd at Johor police contingent headquarters today.

The incident grabbed attention on the first full day of action at the biennial SEA Games, which mix Olympic sports with Asian favourites like pencak silat and wushu. "We don't want Indonesia to feel offended over this incident", he said yesterday while stating that police have not received any complaints from Indonesia over the matter.