JAKARTA — Aug. 21, 2017: President Joko Widodo today said he had forgiven Malaysia over the upside down flag of Indonesia printed in a souvenir booklet for the 2017 SEA Games being hosted by Malaysia.
The president’s special communications staff, Johan Budi Saptopribowo, said the president was just waiting for an apology from Malaysia soon after the issue cropped up.
Online media quoted Johan as saying that the Indonesian president, better known as Jokowi, also hoped the Indonesian people would not react excessively to the mistake by the Malaysian SEA Games Organising Committee.
“What’s important now is that there has been an apology and (the booklet) has been withdrawn, as hoped by the president, (and) Malaysia (has already) apologised,” he said at the Presidential Palace complex here.
Malaysia, via Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, yesterday made an official apology to the Indonesian government and all the people of Indonesia.
They gathered for about two hours in the afternoon in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Kuningan and hung up a banner demanding that Malaysia apologises once again to the people of Indonesia.
Members of the group carried posters and placards claiming that Malaysia had committed many mistakes and called on the Indonesian government to break off diplomatic relations.
Laskar Merah Putih leader Adek Erfil Manurung said the printing of the flag upside-down was something extreme and an insult to Indonesia.
Adek and two others were allowed into the embassy complex to hand over a protest memorandum which was received by deputy ambassador Zamshari Shaharan.
Zamshari, when approached, said he received the memorandum and informed the representatives that the Malaysian government, through the Foreign Ministry, had apologised officially to the government and people of Indonesia.
Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday met his Indonesian counterpart Imam Nahrawi in Kuala Lumpur and also apologised.
In a statement yesterday, Jokowi expressed regret over the issue but advised the people not to play up the matter. — Bernama