The action of hanging up an erroneously-designed Malaysian flag is a very shameful matter and does not reflect the true Malaysian culture, said Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
He said the Youth and Sports Ministry would conduct a detailed investigation on the matter before taking any action against the quarters concerned.
‘’The action from the ministry is to ensure investigation and action are taken on the association.
‘’On the form of action, we must pass through several procedures before taking any action,’’ Syed Saddiq (above) told reporters after launching the Yellow Ribbon programme at Bandar Saujana Putra, Kuala Langat today.
He said this when commenting on the display of the Malaysian flag with a five-point star during the launching of the Lum Mun Chak Cup which was organised by the Malaysia Basketball Association (Maba), yesterday.
Following the incident, Maba on its website, had apologised to all Malaysians and basketball lovers over the faux pas.
Meanwhile, Syed Saddiq said he was confident at the capability of the national U-22 squad under Ong Kim Swee at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.
He said although Malaysia was tied 1-1 with Myanmar in the Group A opening action yesterday, he was optimistic the team would rise in the next match.
‘’What is important right now is the support of Malaysians,’’ he said.
Malaysia would square off against the Philippines on Friday, followed by Timor Leste (Monday) and Cambodia, two days later.
Only the top two teams in each group qualify for the semi-final.
The last time Malaysia won the gold medal in the Sea Games was at the 2011 edition in Jakarta. In the 2017 edition, Malaysia won the silver medal after losing 0-1 to Thailand.