Flag mistake: Issue has been contained, says Anifah

Marsha Scott
August 21, 2017

The mistake, spotted at the opening of the games in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday (August 19) was shared on social media website by Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, who posted pictures of the mistake on his Twitter account and called it a "fatal careless mistake".

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

"We apologise for affecting the image and reputation of the Republic of Indonesia, as the flag is a symbol of pride", he said after meeting Indonesia's delegation to the games. In the guidebook, only Indonesia's flag was printed incorrectly.

Within hours, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman apologised to the government and people of Indonesia for the "inadvertent error", saying that all measures have been taken "to address this unfortunate situation".

Indonesia's flag has a red stripe above a white stripe, but it was printed with the white stripe on top, making it look like the flag of Poland.

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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". However, we are investigating this matter and will take action as the incident should not have happened.

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

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

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. "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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