#ShameOnYouMalaysia Hashtag Goes Viral As Netizens Uncover Multiple Flag Errors In KL2017

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Malaysia has made headlines after the Indonesian flag was printed upside-down in a souvenir booklet for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games

Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi pointed out the mistake on Twitter, expressing regret that the magnificent opening ceremony of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 (KL2017) on Saturday, 19 August, was spoiled by a "fatal negligence" when the Indonesian flag appeared upside down and made it look like Poland's flag on page 80 of the booklet.

The hashtag #ShameOnYouMalaysia was trending on social media as netizens from Indonesia protested against the flag error

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Following the public outcry, netizens unveiled more mistakes in the booklet. One of them is how Indonesia and Thailand's flags were mixed up.

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Many Indonesian news sites began reporting that another mistake was spotted in the SEA Games souvenir booklet on page 40.

The said page displayed data of countries that emerged as the overall champions of the past SEA Games. It was stated that Indonesia was the overall champion for the 2011 SEA Games but the accompanying image showed Thailand's flag. Meanwhile, Thailand who was second in the table, was matched with an image of Indonesia's flag.

It was also revealed that a Malaysian daily newspaper had also printed Indonesia's flag upside-down

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An article from the daily depicted a map of the ASEAN region with flags of the respective countries that are participating in the SEA Games. However, Indonesia's flag was printed upside-down and it was the only error spotted on the page. reported yesterday, 20 August, that the daily has been identified as Metro Ahad. CCNIndonesia said that it has reached out to the daily for comments on the matter, but they've yet to receive any response from them.

On the other hand, the wrong flag of Brunei was shown on a digital board during the synchronised swimming duet event

The Malaysian Insight reported that this had happened last Friday, 18 August, at the Aquatic centre in Bukit Jalil.

Instead of Brunei's national flag, the Brunei Armed Forces Flag was used for two Brunei athletes. The latter may look similar at first glance, but there is actually an extra red stripe running diagonally across the centre and the centered crests on both flags are different from each other.

These mistakes came to light just as Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin apologised for the error on page 80 of the souvenir booklet:

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