Indonesian flag misprint: Jokowi says 'no need to make issue any bigger'

by Garry Watts August 21, 2017, 1:58
Indonesian flag misprint: Jokowi says 'no need to make issue any bigger'

Police are investigating the error of printing the Indonesia flag upside-down in the souvenir book issued in conjunction with the grand opening of the 29th SEA Games at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur last night.

On the blunder made by Malaysian organisers, Indonesia's Olympic Committee chairman Erick Thohir said the mistake showed organisers' negligence.

Khairy also visited Imam and the Indonesian delegation this afternoon to personally convey his apologies.

The issue of the Indonesian flag being printed upside down in the SEA Games 2017 booklet appears to have been contained as the government extended an apology to the Indonesian government over the matter.

"(Datuk Seri) Anifah told me that an official apology would be issued by the Malaysian government to the Indonesian government via their respective foreign ministries", he said.

Khairy said he had ordered the souvenir booklets to be corrected and reprinted while Nahrawi said he has accepted Khairy's apology.

On Saturday, immediately after being alerted to the mistake, Khairy tweeted his apology.

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Imam Nahrawi had expressed his regrets on the matter via his Twitter account yesterday and Khairy had replied through Twitter to apologise apart from stating the mistake was unintended.

"The official apology will include my official apology to Bapak Imam verbally as well as in written form to express Malaysia's regrets as hosts over the incident".

A police investigation has been launched over the misprint.

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 are investigating and will take action as the incident should not have happened.

He also hoped that the incident would not be repeated as the flag is the symbol of a country which should be respected.

"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".


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