Sports ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia settle flag incident

Sports ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia settle flag incident

A Malaysian daily also printed Indonesia's flag upside down, while the Games organisers were criticised for using the wrong flag for two Brunei athletes at a synchronised swimming event.

Indonesia threw a spanner in Malaysia's hopes of winning the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Sea Games women's futsal gold when they beat the hosts 2-1 on Sunday.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo demanded an apology for hurt national pride but also cautioned against exaggerating the incident with his neighbor.

Indonesia's flag has a red stripe above a white stripe, but it was inverted, making it look instead like the flag of Poland.

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

The Foreign Ministry on behalf of the government of Malaysia has extended an apology to the government and people of the Republic of Indonesia over the publication of the upside-down image of the Indonesian flag in a special souvenir book for the ongoing SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur (KL2017).

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

"It was a good opening ceremony but spoiled by this fatal negligence that was very painful", he said.

Anifah added that Malaysia places importance to its close and deeply rooted fraternal relations with Indonesia.

"As the manager I had tried my best to defuse the situation and follow the procedures to register a protest according to the International Sepak Takraw Federation (Istaf) procedures but the situation was beyond control and we walked out but it was big mistake", he said.

On Twitter, Indonesians said their flag represents the sacrifices of independence heroes and accused Malaysia of either being stupid or deliberately misprinting it. In the guidebook, only Indonesia's flag was printed incorrectly.

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