Khairy regrets mistake over Indonesian flag

Thai sepak takraw player Pornchai
Thai sepak takraw player Pornchai
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22 August, 2017

"We would like to sincerely apologise to the people of Indonesia for the inadvertent error of publishing the wrong flag for Indonesia", SEA Games organisers said in a statement.

On Twitter, Indonesians said their flag represents the sacrifices of independence heroes and accused Malaysia of either being stupid or deliberately misprinting it.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo also called for an apology but cautioned against exaggerating the incident.

Indonesia's Olympic committee chief Erick Thohir earlier criticised Malaysia's "negligence".

Following the flag blunder, which was first raised by Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi on Saturday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had publicly apologised for the incident.

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

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Internet regulators CyberSecurity Malaysia has yet to issue a comment on the matter, but Malaysia's Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCert) released an advisory for administrators on steps to beef up security of their websites.

"We don't want our neighbouring country, Indonesia, to feel hurt, so we need to take measures to ensure this does not recur in future".

The hashtag #ShameOnYouMalaysia was trending on Twitter today as Indonesians vented their anger over their flag being printed upside-down in the souvenir programme distributed to VIPs during the opening of the SEA Games yesterday.

Posting an image of the booklet containing the error, the hackers left a message with the words "Bendera Negaraku Bukanlah Mainan" ("My national flag is not a plaything"), embedding an Indonesian patriotic anthem in the background.

Brunei has also had its flag misused after organisers used the flag of the Brunei military rather than the country when awarding synchronised swimmers Jacqueline Lim and Nur Hafizah Ahmad their medals, according to a report from Agence France Presse.


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