By JAILANI HARUN
TELUK INTAN, Aug 20 — The upside-down image of the Indonesia flag in the souvenir book for the ongoing SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur (KL2017) was an error that was unintentional.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the issue has been solved amicably by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and his counterpart from the Republic, Imam Nahrawi.
“We need to be open-minded about this matter. I believe it was not deliberately done,” he told reporters after opening the Teluk Intan Umno division delegates’ conference today.
Khairy has already issued an apology to Nahrawi and people of the republic, stressing that it was unintentional.
“There was no malice intended. I deeply regret this error. I apologise,” Khairy had tweeted last night, in reply to Imam who had earlier tweeted about the mistake.
The opening ceremony of the 29th biennial SEA Games was held with pomp and pageantry at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur last night.
In JAKARTA, President Joko Widodo has called for a end to the controversy over a misprint of the Indonesian flag in a 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games booklet.
While saying that the misprint was “deeply regrettable,” he also noted that there is no need to prolong the issue.
“The incident is deeply regrettable. But there’s no need to make it any bigger,” he was quoted as saying by Indonesian daily Detik News.
He said the matter should not be dwelled upon any longer by Indonesians in general.