Flag Faux Pas Stains SEA Games as #ShameOnYouMalaysia Goes Viral

Flag Faux Pas Stains SEA Games as #ShameOnYouMalaysia Goes Viral

Flag Faux Pas Stains SEA Games as #ShameOnYouMalaysia Goes Viral

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.

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.

Indonesia accused the Malaysian organizers of the Southeast Asian Games of negligence after the Indonesian flag was printed upside down in a souvenir guidebook.

Earlier, Malaysia Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the mistake would be corrected and a new guidebook sent to the games' officials and guests.

Mr Widodo said Indonesia wanted an official apology "as it concerns the pride and nationalistic spirit of our Indonesian people", according to reports. The Malaysian Organizing Committee said its chairman and Malaysia's minister would meet with Imam Nahrawi to apologize, reported The New Indian Express.

This year, Indonesia and Malaysia celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

One officer killed, another in critical condition in Florida
Also on Friday night, two police officers were shot in Jacksonville, Fla., and two state troopers were shot in Pennsylvania. When asked by reporters if the officers were ambushed, O'Dell said, "It's too early to tell, but it's leading that way".

Malaysia's foreign ministry and the Games organisers apologised profusely for the gaffe, but it was not enough to quell a wave of complaints online, with #ShameOnYouMalaysia becoming Indonesia's top trending topic on Twitter.

The 27 websites now show photos of the upside-down Indonesian flag as appeared in the commemorative magazine of the regional sporting event, with a message underneath them that translates to, "Our nation's flag is not a plaything".

"I very much regret that this mistake happened".

Meanwhile, Malaysian coach Md Fikri Md Noor said his charges would take a positive approach when facing Thailand, knowing that the Thais are a powerhouse in the sport.

Previous year at the Rio Olympics, China complained that the flag used at medal ceremonies had its small gold stars pointing at the wrong angle.

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