Upside down flag: Laskar Merah Putih wants an apology from Najib

 |Aug 25, 2017
Datuk Dr Fauzi Mohamad (left) with Laskar Merah Putih Indonesia’s general leader Adek Erfil Manurung. – Pic courtesy Datuk Dr Fauzi Mohamad.

PETALING JAYA: The Laskar Merah Putih Indonesia group has urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to issue an apology following the upside-down Indonesian flag printed in the souvenir booklets of the Kuala Lumpur SEA games 2017.

This was said by the Pertubuhan Al-Qalam Malaysia dan Indonesia advisor Datuk Dr Fauzi Mohamad, after having met with the Laskar Merah Putih general leader Adek Erfil Manurung.

In a statement, Dr Fauzi said that the meeting held was to apologise on behalf of the Malaysian government and Malaysians to Indonesians on the upside-down flag issue.

“At the same time the Inspector-general of Police has given his assurance that the matter will be investigated,” said Fauzi who is also Laskar Merah Putih Indonesia’s adviser.

He added that he has asked the Laskar Merah Putih members in Indonesia not to repeat the protest at the Malaysian embassy there.

At the same time he also said that the Laskar Merah Putih group is urging Najib to go to Indonesia to apologise to Indonesians.

He said that they felt the apology made by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin through a meeting with Indonesia’s Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi in Kuala Lumpur was insufficient.

According to him, Adek Erfil said that Laskar Merah Putih members would hold more protests if Najib did not apologise.

Following the flag incident, Laskar Merah Putih held peaceful protests outside the Malaysian Consulate complex in Jakarta to express their disappointment over the matter, on Monday.

Meanwhile Indonesia president Joko Widodo previously said that Indonesia has accepted Malaysia’s apology following the slip-up by the SEA games organiser where the Indonesian flag was printed upside-down.

Joko, or Jokowi as he is more commonly known as, also urged his people not to aggresively or behave in an exaggerated manner in reacting towards the issue. – MO