Indonesia embassy wants demeaning vacuum cleaner ad banned in Malaysia

The Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur has sent a letter to the Malaysian Home Ministry in protest of an advertisement deemed to have discredited Indonesia. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
The Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur has sent a letter to the Malaysian Home Ministry in protest of an advertisement deemed to have discredited Indonesia. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK): The Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur has sent a letter to the Malaysian Home Ministry in protest of an advertisement deemed to have discredited Indonesia.

The advertisement, promoting an automatic vacuum cleaner, had the wording "Fire your Indonesian maid now!", Indonesia's Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Indonesian ambassador to Malaysia Herman Prayitno slammed the advertisement, calling it insensitive and demeaning to Indonesians, and asked Malaysian authorities to ban the advertisement.

The embassy has also asked the Malaysian government to ensure that such a case does not occur again.

Aside from sending a note in protest of the advertisement, the embassy has also assigned its lawyers to meet with the company's representatives and to consider taking legal measures.

The embassy has also reported the case to the Selangor police.