Flag Faux Pas Stains SEA Games as #ShameOnYouMalaysia Goes Vi­ral

Indonesia Expat - - Quirks -

South­east Asia Games host Malaysia has found itself in hot wa­ter after an ap­par­ent de­sign flaw in the Games’ of­fi­cial book­let drew crit­i­cism from In­done­sian ne­ti­zens and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

The book­let in­cluded a page pay­ing homage to pre­vi­ous hosts, in­clud­ing In­done­sia, with the fa­mous merah putih printed up­side- down – the flag of Poland.

Pho­tos of the book­let went vi­ral after In­done­sia’s Sports Min­is­ter Imam Nahrawi tweeted it, with #ShameOnYouMalaysia trend­ing on Twit­ter and Malaysia’s Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din pay­ing a special visit to the In­done­sian del­e­ga­tion in Kuala Lumpur to apol­o­gize.

Brunei has also had its flag mis­used after or­ga­niz­ers 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.

Malaysia, who is host­ing the Games this month in Kuala Lumpur, is ap­par­ently em­bar­rassed and apolo­getic over the in­ci­dent.

“We would like to ex­tend our apol­ogy to the gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of the Repub­lic of In­done­sia,” a for­eign min­istry state­ment said.

“In this re­gard, we wish to as­sure the gov­ern­ment of the Repub­lic of In­done­sia that all mea­sures have been taken to ad­dress this un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion.”

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