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Jakarta Post

Sports ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia settle flag incident

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru

    The Jakarta Post

Kuala Lumpur   /   Sun, August 20, 2017   /   03:59 pm
Sports ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia settle flag incident Youth and Sport Minister Imam Nahrawi (fourth right) meets his Malaysian counterpart, Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin (fourth left) in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. (JP/Dicky Christanto)

Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrowi has praised the Malaysian government for its quick response to his protest over a flag incident. He has asked his fellow Indonesians to put aside the problem and move on with the games.

"Our government certainly accepts the apology. This [incident] will never change our bonds and brotherhood,” Imam told journalists after meeting his Malaysian counterpart, Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin, in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

“However, we ask that no more problems like this happen in the future. The national flag is a matter of national pride," he added.

Imam said he would soon report to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo about the meeting.

The 10-minute meeting held at Hotel Shangri-La in Kuala Lumpur was also attended by Indonesia's National Olympics Committee (KOI) head Erick Thohir and Indonesia’s Chef-de-Mission Aziz Syamsuddin.

Commenting on the slip-up, Khairy Jamaluddin said the organizers has discharged the publisher of the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games souvenir book containing the misprinted Indonesian flag, affectionately dubbed the Red-and-White.

Copies of the souvenir book were distributed to attendees of the games’ opening ceremony at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

The Malaysian minister assured there would be no more mistakes in the future.

"Our Foreign Affairs Ministry will also offer our official apology to the Indonesian government immediately," he said.

Malaysia hosts the 2017 games, which will run until Aug. 30.