Khairy meets Indonesian counterpart to apologise over flag error

Toni Houston
August 21, 2017

"This is a very grave mistake, and on behalf of the host, I apologise to Bapak Imam and all Indonesians over this very serious error", Khairy told a media conference after the 20-minute meeting.

President Joko Widodo today called on all parties not to blow the issue of the Indonesian flag printed upside down in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games booklet out of proportion.

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

Coming of a 2-1 win against Myanmar, a win against Indonesia - who were playing their first match, would have put Malaysia one step closer to the top prize.

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.

In the guidebook, only Indonesia's flag was printed incorrectly.

"We're both good friends and I know Khairy is always prioritising the good relationship between our two countries".

"We hope these mistakes don't get repeated because flags are important symbols for each country and should be respected", he said.

On Saturday, immediately after being alerted to the mistake, Khairy tweeted his apology. There was no malice.

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

Mr Nahrawi, who earlier described the error as "very painful", said he accepted the apology.

Bukit Aman federal police Special Branch director, Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the investigation was to identify the cause.

"In this regard, we wish to assure the government of the Republic of Indonesia that all measures have been taken to address this unfortunate situation".

Susi Susanti doubled the scoreline from the second penalty spot before the break as Indonesia were in control of the match while Malaysia struggled to string passes.

He was appointed as Johor police chief on Dec 1, 2015, while Mohd Khalil, 57, had been the Royal Malaysian Police secretary from February 2016 before taking over from Wan Ahmad Najmuddin.

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