Hackers deface Malaysian websites after SEA Games flag blunder

Aug 22, 2017, 00:45
Hackers deface Malaysian websites after SEA Games flag blunder

Indonesia's flag has a red stripe above a white stripe, but it was printed with the white stripe on top, making it look like the flag of Poland.

Southeast Asia Games host Malaysia has found itself in hot water after an apparent design flaw in the Games' official booklet drew criticism from Indonesian netizens and government officials.

According to Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jamaluddin met with Imam on Sunday "to explain the regrettable error and convey his apology on behalf of the MASOC".

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo yesterday expressed concern after SEA Games organisers mistakenly published the country's flag upside down in a commemorative magazine, prompting anger among Indonesians.

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Meanwhile, Malaysian coach Md Fikri Md Noor said his charges would take a positive approach when facing Thailand, knowing that the Thais are a powerhouse in the sport.

The blunder came to light at Saturday's opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, where the souvenir was handed out to dignitaries - including Indonesia's Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, who tweeted a picture of the offending page.

On this mistake made by Malaysia, Erick Thohir further added that friendship is the greatest legacy in, but a mistake in presenting a national identity is not justified.

"We are dedicating our victory to all Malaysians including parents, coaches, supporters and teammates", said Nur Afisa, 19, who was a member of the bronze medal women's recurve team in Singapore.

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

They posted an image of the upside-down flag in the games booklet along with the message "My national flag is not a plaything".

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

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