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CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO OF THE MALAYSIAN FLAG BEING BURNT
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its great concern over the extremely controversial video published in the Facebook account of ‘President Pamatong Supporters’ on 19 and 21 January 2019. Mr. Elly Pamatong is the self-proclaimed founder of the United States Allied Freedom Fighters of the East (USAFFE). The video featured the public burning in the Philippines of a Malaysian flag.
Malaysia strongly condemns such act and views that the burning of the Malaysian flag as a serious incident. The flag is a sacred national symbol and should be treated with respect. Such actions and anti-Malaysia comments made by this individual are offensive and the accusations made are baseless.
The Government of Malaysia also urges the Government of the Philippines to take stern action against Mr. Elly Pamatong and to ensure that such incident does not recur as it could potentially tarnish the excellent bilateral relations which Malaysia and the Philippines currently enjoy.
7 February 2019