Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi on Saturday (19/08) expressed his disappointment over a misprint in the Indonesian flag in the promotional materials distributed at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta Globe reported.
“A great opening, but marred by a fatal, very painful negligence. Our flag… [is] Red White…” Imam said on Twitter.
To the tweet the minister attached a photograph of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Souvenir Special Book, in which the Indonesian flag appears upside down, making it become the national flag of Poland.
Imam’s tweet received a prompt response from his Malaysian counterpart, Khairy Jamaluddin, who apologized and said “absolutely no malice was intended.
Malaysia, via Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, yesterday made an official apology to the Indonesian government and all the people of Indonesia over the mistake, Channel News Asia reported.
Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and his counterpart Imam Nahrawi had a 10-minute closed-door meeting on Sunday.
The two ministers then shook hands and told a packed press conference that the issue was resolved. Nahrawi said he has accepted Khairy’s apology.
President Joko Widodo on Monday (Aug 21) said he had forgiven Malaysia over the upside down flag of Indonesia printed in a souvenir booklet for the 2017 SEA Games.
Jokowi, also hoped the Indonesian people would not react excessively to the mistake by the Malaysian SEA Games Organising Committee.
The Malaysia SEA Games Organising Committee (Masoc) also apologised to all Indonesians over the mistake.
Meanwhile, Indonesian hackers have claimed to have attacked several Malaysian websites, following a blunder which saw the Indonesian flag printed upside down in a regional sports event’s guidebook.
The affected websites display a message in red and white – Indonesia’s flag colours – which says: “My national flag is not a toy!”
At least 27 websites were affected, and were mostly for private businesses, according to Indonesian and Malaysian news outlets.
Indonesian netizens also complained online, using the hashtag #ShameOnYouMalaysia.