Malaysia says sorry for flag gaffe

21 August, 2017, 04:19 | Author: Kelly Sanders

Khairy and Imam Nahrawi (right) at a special media conference to offer sincere apology on the mistake that occurred in the publication of Indonesian flag in the souvenir programme of KL2017 SEA Games official opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, the Malaysia SEA Games Organising Committee (Masoc), in a statement, apologised to all Indonesians over the unintentional mistake.

He said the matter should not be dwelled upon any longer by Indonesians in general.

"On behalf of Masoc, I have apologised to my counterpart Bapak Imam and here I would also like to say sorry to all the Indonesians over this mistake".

Indonesia's flag has a red stripe above a white stripe, but it was inverted, making it look instead like the flag of Poland.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (pix) said that all measures have been taken to address this unfortunate situation and said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin met his counterpart Imam Nahrawi to apologise over the incident.

"The matter will not weaken the spirit of Indonesian athletes and it should not be repeated in future", he said.

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An online media yesterday quoted the Indonesian president as saying that although the matter was regrettable, people in the country should not overplay the issue.

"We are awaiting an official apology from the Malaysian leadership as this involves a question of pride and nationalism".

Susi Susanti doubled the scoreline from the second penalty spot before the break as Indonesia were in control of the match while Malaysia struggled to string passes.

"Friendship is the greatest legacy in sports, but a mistake in presenting a national identity of a nation is not justified".

At the 2012 Olympics, North Korea's women's footballers refused to play, delaying the start of their game with Colombia, when they were shown next to the South Korean flag on a stadium screen.

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