Proton Apologizes for Sabah-Sarawak Mislabelling, Faces Public Backlash


Proton Apologises for Mislabelling Sabah, Sarawak

Proton Apologizes for Sabah-Sarawak Mislabelling, Faces Public Backlash
Proton Apologizes for Sabah-Sarawak Mislabelling, Faces Public Backlash

National Carmaker Faces Backlash Over Presentation Blunder

PETALING JAYA: National carmaker Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (Proton) has issued an apology following the mislabelling of Sabah and Sarawak during a recent presentation. The error, which saw the names of the two states swapped on a graphic, sparked significant backlash from the public and prominent figures alike.

Public Apology and Commitment to Improvement

In a statement, Proton acknowledged the mistake and expressed regret for any offense caused. “We understand the sensitivities it has stirred among our fellow Malaysians. Proton holds the unity and diversity of Malaysia in the highest regard, and we are committed to respecting and celebrating all states equally,” the company stated.

“We sincerely apologise for any misunderstanding caused and appreciate any feedback from the public. We will ensure greater care in our future endeavours,” Proton added.

Criticism from Netizens and Public Figures

The mislabelling error was quickly noticed and criticized by netizens, who took to social media to express their discontent. Sarawak deputy premier Dr Sim Kui Hian also voiced his disapproval, highlighting a deeper issue regarding awareness of Malaysia’s basic geographical facts among major corporations.

“If big corporations in Malaysia still don’t know the most basic facts, what about ordinary Malaysians, I wonder? What else does the rest of Malaysia not know about Sabah or Sarawak?” Dr Sim lamented in a Facebook post, underscoring the need for greater educational and cultural awareness within the country.

Proton’s apology reflects the importance of accurate representation and respect for all regions within Malaysia, and the company has pledged to take more stringent measures to prevent such errors in the future.


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