Bendera Merah Putih Terbalik, Rakyat Indonesia Ungkap Kemarahan di Twitter

Indonesia Angered after Malaysia Shows Its Flag as Poland`s

Editor : Ismail Gani
Translator : Novita Cahyadi


Bendera Merah Putih Terbalik, Rakyat Indonesia Ungkap Kemarahan di TwitterFoto: Associated Press/MailOnline

INDONESIA menuding penyelenggara Asian Games Malaysia 2017 sangat ceroboh setelah bendera Indonesia dicetak terbalik dalam sebuah buku panduan SEA Games.

Kesalahan fatal tersebut, yang menempatkan bendera merah-putih Indonesia menyerupai Polandia, yang memicu kemarahan di Indonesia dengan menyebarkan ke seluruh dunia pernyataan "shameonyoumalaysia" telah menjadi hashtag paling populer di Twitter.

Presiden Joko "Jokowi" Widodo juga meminta permintaan maaf namun memperingatkan agar tidak melebih-lebihkan insiden tersebut.

"Kami menunggu permintaan maaf dari pemerintah Malaysia karena ini terkait dengan kebanggaan bangsa kita," kata Jokowi, Minggu.

Ketua Komite Olimpiade Indonesia Erick Thohir mengatakan kesalahan tersebut "menunjukkan kelalaian" dan meminta agar buku panduan ditarik dan versi baru dicetak.

"Persahabatan adalah warisan terbesar dalam olahraga, namun kesalahan dalam menghadirkan identitas nasional tidak dibenarkan," katanya.

Kemudian pada Minggu di Kuala Lumpur, Menteri Pemuda dan Olahraga Malaysia Khairy Jamaluddin bertemu dengan koleganya dari Indonesia dalam sebuah konferensi pers dan menyatakan permohonan maaf.

Indonesia telah mensinyalir beberapa pelanggaran serius khusus karena buku panduan tersebut disebarkan ke tamu VIP pada upacara pembukaan hari Sabtu di Kuala Lumpur untuk Asian Games ke-29 dan hanya bendera Indonesia yang dipasang terbalik.

Menteri Pemuda dan Olah Raga Imam Nahrawi mengatakan kesalahan itu "sangat menyakitkan."

Panitia Penyelenggara Malaysia mengeluarkan sebuah pernyataan yang mengatakan bahwa "kami sangat menyesali kesalahannya."

Malaysia dan Indonesia adalah negara mayoritas Muslim dan memiliki bahasa yang sama namun Malaysia kerap memicu kontroversi lantaran kerap mengklaim kuliner dan budaya khas Indonesia sebagai milik mereka.

Di media sosial Twitter, rakyat Indonesia mengatakan bahwa bendera mereka mewakili pengorbanan pahlawan kemerdekaan dan menuduh Malaysia bertindak sangat ceroboh salah atau salah menafsirkannya.

"Anda tahu, ini mungkin alasan mengapa bapak pendiri kami Soekarno ingin menendang Anda," kata seorang pengguna Twitter seperti dikutip Associated Press yang dilansir MailOnline.

INDONESIA accused the Malaysian organizers of the Southeast Asian Games of negligence after the Indonesian flag was printed upside down in a souvenir guidebook.

The mistake, which makes the red-and-white Indonesian flag resemble Poland's, has caused anger in Indonesia where "shameonyoumalaysia" has become the most popular hashtag on Twitter.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo also called for an apology but cautioned against exaggerating the incident.

"We are waiting for an apology from the Malaysian government because this is related to the pride of our nation," Jokowi said Sunday.

Indonesia's Olympic Committee chairman Erick Thohir said the mistake "shows negligence" and demanded the guidebook be withdrawn and a new version printed.

"Friendship is the greatest legacy in sports, but a mistake in presenting a national identity is not justified," he said.

Later Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin met his Indonesian counterpart at a news conference and apologized.

Indonesia appears to have taken particular offense because the guidebook was distributed to VIPs at Saturday's opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur for the 29th Southeast Asian Games and only its flag was shown incorrectly.

Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said the error was "very painful."

The Malaysian Organizing Committee issued a statement saying "we very much regret the mistake."

Malaysia and Indonesia are both Muslim majority nations and share a similar language but often trade accusations of stealing the other's food and culture.

The creation of Malaysia when the British empire was dismantled after World War II was bitterly opposed by Indonesia, itself then a new nation emerging from Dutch colonial rule and a short-lived Japanese occupation.

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

"You know, this is maybe the reason why our founding father Soekarno wanted to Kick Your Ass," said one user.