This bitter battle takes place in the South Pacific, with Malaysia in one corner, and Indonesia set and ready across the ring.
According to the Jakarta Globe
, the Indonesian government threatened a Malaysian cleaning company with legal action over an ad. The ad, which appears to promote a Roomba-like vacuum machine, pitches the vacuum by enticing would-be customers to "Fire Their Indonesian Maid."
The Jakarata Globe
Armanatha Nasir, spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said on Thursday that the ministry had requested the company make a public apology, or face possible legal action.
“We’ve sent a letter telling the company to make an apology in three different Malaysian newspapers of at least half a page,” Armanatha said.
“If they don’t do it in the next seven days, we’ll definitely take the next legal step.”
Then the embassies got involved. The Straits Times