In Jakarta, President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono said relations between Indonesia and Malaysia remain strong despite anti-Malaysia street demonstrations by 'a few small groups', and that he didnt think that will sour any bilateral ties.
In Kuala Lumpur, Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said Malaysia was losing patience over such incidents, and bilateral ties could be affected should Jakarta fails to put an end to such ugly episodes (here).
“I am saddened that the demonstrations still continue, not only in Jakarta, but also at our consulates in Indonesia although we have agreed to resolve the issues pertaining to the arrest of seven Malaysian fishermen and three Indonesian maritime officials,” he said.
Anifah warned that Malaysia’s patience had been tested and would not tolerate the situation for much longer. “They have their own political and domestic problems in Indonesia. But we do not want Malaysia to become the victim."
However, what Susilo said was not in tune with the harsh statement by his Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa that Indonesia can only withdraw its ambassador to Malaysia when all Indonesians return home.
“We can withdraw our ambassador, but after that, we are still going to face a lot of problems, such as our workers who are threatened by dead penalties, illegal logging, and so on,” Marty said during a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission I on Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Marty also said there were a lot of Indonesian people working in Malaysia, so cutting any diplomatic ties with that country could give more burdens.
The commission chairman, Mahfudz Siddiq from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), said he could understand Marty’s view.
“However, for now we cannot only stop by issuing an official diplomatic note as a sign of protest to Malaysia,” Mahfudz said (here).
“We need stronger political actions, which will not only prompt Malaysia to discuss about the border issues, but to also make that country realize that the unclear border disputes have given Indonesia nothing but economic losses."
Well, from my point of view, the issue has been exaggerated and thrown out of proportion. Some parties tried to lucre from it, i.e by arranging massive 'home return' for Indonesians.
Whatever it is, diplomatic settlement is still the best way. As far as relations between our two countries are concerned, it remain as 'we-need-each-other'. Dont our friends in Indonesia think so?
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