Malaysia apologises for showing Indonesia's flag as Poland's

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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.

Earlier, Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi tweeted a picture of the offending page in the SEA Games souvenir book, and said it was "very painful".

"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".

Khairy and Imam Nahrawi (right) at a special media conference to offer sincere apology on the mistake that occurred in the publication of Indonesian flag in the souvenir programme of KL2017 SEA Games official opening ceremony.


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

The mistake, which makes the red-and-white Indonesian flag resemble Poland's, has caused anger in Indonesia where "shameonyoumalaysia" has become the most popular hashtag on Twitter.

Mr Jamaluddin, who quickly issued the first apology late Saturday on Twitter, said the guidebooks will be corrected and reprinted.

PSI deputy president H. Syafrizal Bakhtiar said the decision by the coach and the players to walk out in protest against the match referee's decision was taken in the heat of the moment as emotion had taken over any rationale thinking.


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

Metro Ahad's SEA Games graphic centrespread was found to have printed the Indonesian flag upside-down.

"I very much regret that this mistake happened".

Ties between Malaysia and Indonesia are generally cordial, but occasional perceived slights or when cases of an Indonesian maid being abused by a Malaysian employer come to light, passions in the republic flare up.


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