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Jakarta Post

Oops, Asian Games banners have bloopers

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 8, 2018   /   05:23 pm
Oops, Asian Games banners have bloopers An Asian Games banner with a collapsed mascot and the Jakarta administration's logo, as well as a missing “g” in the Indonesian word “terselenggara”, becoming “terselengara”, is seen in Palmerah, West Jakarta, on Aug. 8. (JP/Damar Harsanto)

Jakarta has welcomed the Asian Games by putting up banners, but they have typos and misplaced elements.

One banner in Palmerah, West Jakarta, is landscape-oriented and displays a collapsed mascot and the Jakarta administration logo, and a missing “g” in the Indonesian word terselenggara, becoming terselengara. Terselenggara means “being staged”.

Another banner bearing the administration’s logo has gone viral on social media because it has a typo, with Asian Games written as Asean Games. ASEAN stands for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Prominent writer Goenawan Mohamad rhetorically questioned who was to blame for the typo -  the Jakarta administration or whoever made the picture that was used.

Goenawan tweeted another picture with the misspelling of “Asian Games” as “Aisan Games”, adding jokingly “We’re waiting: ASINAN GAMES”. Asinan is an Indonesian dish of salty vegetables or fruits.

Public policy analyst Agus Pambagyo commented on his Facebook account: “How could [the Jakarta administration] not be thorough? [It] has become a public mockery.” He also pointed out the banner bearing the term “Aisan Games”, which was seen in Kartini subdistrict in Central Jakarta.

Meanwhile, Jakarta City Council’s head of Commission D overseeing development, Iman Satria, showed the assistant to the governor for development and the environment, Yusmada Faizal, a picture of the misspelling on the banner, which went viral on the internet

"Here is one, Sir. Why was it spelled “Asean” on the Asian Games banner?” Imam questioned during a session at the City Council on Tuesday. “We could be a laughingstock. This is embarrassing, Sir. Especially with the Jakarta government’s logo on it." (stu)