Malaysia condemns burning of Jalur Gemilang in the Philippines

A screengrab from a video showing Elly Pamatong burning the Malaysian flag. (Facebook pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia today condemned the reported public burning of its national flag in the Philippines.

The foreign ministry expressed its concern over a video published on a Facebook account named “President Pamatong Supporters” on Jan 19 and 21.

Elly Pamatong, under whose name the account is being run, is said to be a self-proclaimed founder of the United States Allied Freedom Fighters of the East (USAFFE).

“Malaysia strongly condemns such acts and views the burning of the Malaysian flag as a serious incident,” said Wisma Putra.

“The flag is a sacred national symbol and should be treated with respect.”

Wisma Putra described the burning of flag and anti-Malaysia comments as offensive, adding that the accusations made were baseless.

The foreign affairs ministry urged the Philippine government to take stern action and ensure that such incidents did not recur as it could potentially tarnish the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries.