RTM apologises for SEA Games flag gaffes; vows to take action to prevent similar occurrences

First, the Indonesian flag in the official SEA Games souvenir booklet was accidentally printed upside down.

Then the flags of certain participating countries were wrongly attributed during news segments on Thursday (Aug 24) and Friday night.

On Friday, broadcasters got Malaysia’s own flag wrong during the men’s 50m freestyle swimming finals, tagging national swimmer Keith Lim Kit Sern with the Singapore flag, under the abbreviation “KUL” (Kuala Lumpur) instead of “MAS” (Malaysia).

Malaysian broadcaster RTM has since come forward to admit making the errors and vowed that action will be taken to prevent similar occurrences, reported The Star.

RTM’s director-general of broadcasting Datuk Abu Bakar Ab Rahim said the mistakes occurred at a production level while attempting to update the medal results that are constantly changing.

He told The Star: “We will take action in order to prevent something similar from happening again.”

The errors had gone viral on social media with netizens condemning the mistakes.

The gaffe over the upside down Indonesian flag prompted Indonesia’s sports minister Imam Nahrawi to comment about it on Twitter.

His Malaysian counterpart Khairy Jamaluddin subsequently met him to apologise for the oversight.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo also accepted Malaysia’s apology, adding that the printing mistake should not be blown out of proportion.