Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Khairy regrets mistake over Indonesian flag

Khairy regrets mistake over Indonesian flag Khairy regrets mistake over Indonesian flag
Kenny Thornton | 22 August, 2017, 21:32

The walk out was the first major incident to mar the 29th SEA Games which officially opened last night in glittering fashion although a glitch in the souvenir programme of the SEA Games was spotted featuring the Indonesian flag (upside-down).

On Twitter, Indonesians said their flag represents the sacrifices of independence heroes and accused Malaysia of either being stupid or deliberately misprinting it.

The BBC said the "hacked" websites displayed a message in red and white - the colours of the Indonesian flag - saying: "My national flag is not a toy!"

Kuala Lumpur has since apologised to Jakarta for the blunder after the issue was raised by the Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi on Saturday.

The swimmers, Jacqueline Lim and Nur Hafizah Ahmad, were shown next to what appeared to be a flag for Brunei's armed forces.

"We would like to extend our apology to the government and the people of the Republic of Indonesia", the foreign ministry statement said.

Boycott apologises for 'unacceptable' racist remarks
The 76-year-old had made this racist remark during the first day night Test match in England , between the hosts and West Indies. Boycott will remain on Test Match Special , the BBC's flagship cricket programme, a spokesperson for the corporation said.

"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". The website has been taken down for maintenance and investigation, the publication reported.

"We deeply regret the incident but do not exaggerate it", he said.

Malaysia's national sepak takraw team captain Syahir Rosdi told the New Straits Times, "We would like to apologise to all our supporters who expected us to do better".

Indonesia had been quick to point out the mistake, with their Olympic committee chief, Inter Milan president Erick Thohir, slamming Malaysia's "negligence".

"I am expressing my deep regret on this fault, which shows negligence and absent-mindedness", he said in a statement.

Malaysia's SEA Games organisers are not alone in making mistakes with competitors' flags - and receiving strong complaints afterwards.

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