Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysia should apologize to Indonesia

JAKARTA – Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, evaluate relations between Indonesia and Malaysia were stained a number of negative perceptions of each other.

Malaysia judge Indonesia too sensitive, while Indonesia evaluate Malaysia arrogant and always insulting Indonesia. The latest example is the release of advertisement robot vacuum cleaner that contains the words, “Fire Your Indonesian Maid in Malaysia”.

Anwar Ibrahim
Anwar Ibrahim
According to Anwar Ibrahim, the Malaysian Government should act decisively to instruct the ad was pulled. In addition, the Malaysian Government should apologize to Indonesia.

Assertiveness two governments are required to cope with small ripples in the relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia in order not to upset the people of the two countries.

President Joko Widodo the first time in the trip to Malaysia is expected to take advantage of this momentum and continue to maintain a good relationship the two countries. During this time, the relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia “chills” because it triggered border issues, the struggle for claims over a number of islands, the persecution of migrant workers, and the claims of Malaysia on Indonesian culture.

Detailed comments Anwar Ibrahim will be shown in a special interview Kompas TV together Dentamira Kusuma at Kompas evening, Friday, February 6th, 2015 at 16:30 pm.

Anwar Ibrahim was a visit to Indonesia to speak at the University of Al Azhar, a visit to the boarding school in Ulujami, and met his friend, BJ Habibie.

The Indonesian government has reacted quickly about abuse by companies malaysia against Indonesian workers. However, rapid reaction alone is not enough, the government must guard until there is a clear follow-up on the TKI degrading ads.

Director of Migrant Care Anis Hidayah said there needs to be follow up firmly linked insult a robotics company in Malaysia, Robovac, who advertise with derogatory words TKI. Follow-up or follow-up is not just a subpoena by the Indonesian government, but the government should be able to ascertain how these ads officially withdrawn, and the company apologized to Indonesia.

Anis also added, it is necessary Indonesian government also viewed Law Company Limited is owned by the Malaysian code of ethics governing advertising. Anis calling, harassment of human dignity should be prohibited and regulated under the law.

“This is the umpteenth time Malysia harassing Indonesian workers, is degrading,” said Anis, when contacted by reporters.

Anis hope the Indonesian government to act firmly to the Malaysian government related labor cooperation. Joko Widodo and the meeting between the Prime Minister of Malaysia is expected to strengthen the bargaining position of Indonesia in the eyes of Malaysia.