Upside down Indonesian flag at SEA Games

Indonesia’s flag printed upside down at SEA Games

Malaysia’s Southeast Asian Games organizers was slammed by Indonesia’s Olympic committee Chief Erick Thohir for printing their flag upside down in the SEA Games’ souvenir magazine.

The magazine was distributed to the VIPs on Saturday’s opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The organizers has overlooked the Indonesian flag and it is the only one that was printed upside down.

Thohir stated that the mistake by the organizers “shows negligence”. He also demanded that the magazines distributed be taken back and a new version should be printed.

“Of course, I am expressing my deep regret on this fault, which shows negligence and absent-mindedness,” Erick Thohir said.

“Friendship is the greatest legacy in sports, but a mistake in presenting in national identity is not justified,” he added.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017 Malaysia apologized to Indonesia for the “unintentional” mistake. The Youth and Sports Minister of Malaysia, Khairy Jamaluddin met Erick Nahrawi and they shook hands after their short private meeting.

Khairy announced that the magazines will be corrected and reprinted. He said that Malaysia has regretted the mistake.

As we can see, Indonesia’s flag is divided into two colors. The upper stripe is red and the lower stripe is white. The organizers mistakenly printed it so looked like Poland’s flag.

The incident caused anger on social media and Indonesians accused Malaysia of either being stupid or deliberately misprinting their flag. They even made a hashtag on twitter #ShameOnYouMalaysia and it became a hot topic on twitter. They said that their flag represents the sacrifices of their heroes to get independence.

“We would like to sincerely apologize to the people of Indonesia for the inadvertent error of publishing the wrong flag for Indonesia,” SEA Games organizers said in a statement.

“We very much regret the mistake and trust the strong bond between the two countries will further strengthen in the spirit of the SEA Games,” they added.

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