Malaysia apologises for Indonesia flag blunder

Tabitha Dunn
August 21, 2017

The 2017 Malaysia SEA Games Organising Committee (MASOC) in a statement earlier today, apologised to all Indonesian people over the unintended mistake.

An upside down printing of the Indonesian flag in a souvenir guidebook handed out at the opening of the Southeast Asian Games has sparked an outcry among officials and public in Indonesia, prompting Malaysian government to apologise on Sunday (August 20).

He said he had deeply regretted it because it had to do with national pride and patriotism.

The creation of Malaysia when the British Empire was dismantled after the Second World War was bitterly opposed by Indonesia, itself then a new nation emerging from Dutch colonial rule and a short-lived Japanese occupation.

YOUTH and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today tendered an apology on behalf of Malaysia, as this year's Sea Games host, to Indonesia over an error involving the republic's national flag.

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

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"We're both good friends and I know Khairy is always prioritising the good relationship between our two countries".

He said he hoped the incident would not be repeated as the flag was a respected symbol of a country.

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

Malaysias sports minister Jen Khairy Jamaluddin had even pledged to personally meet Indonesian sports minister Imam Nahrawi to offer an apology. There was no malice. Youth and Minister Imam Nahrawi of Indonesia said the error was very painful. I very much regret that this mistake happened.

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

Bukit Aman federal police Special Branch director, Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the investigation was to identify the cause. "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.

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