Border disputes between Malaysia and Indonesia are taking new turns. While both governments are advocating to diplomatic means to solve the problems, the Oppositions - at both sides - are collaborating to send our governments into turmoil.
While some Indonesian lawmakers are demanding their government to take a 'hard diplomacy' approach in dealing with Malaysia, our own lawmakers (from the Opposition) are trying to lucre from such a dispute by according their support for such a move.
I have heard about it, not once and not twice but several times at hotel lobbies, coffee house and even in a hospital about how proud the Indonesian lawmakers are for the kind of support they get from their 'friends' in Malaysia.
The Opposition would be happy enough to see both countries enter war, I suppose. And I wonder who were the Malaysian traitors during our Confrontation with Indonesia in the early 1960s!
The latest border issue is about the Indonesian accusation that Malaysia has snatched its territory in Camar Bulan and Tanjung Batu in Sambas, West Kalimantan.
It was only two days ago that Anifah Aman and his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa discussed the issue and agreed to look into it according to the diplomatic channels.
Marty has questioned the demand and rejected any unlawful and undiplomatic approach in dealing with the issue (here), adding that after the government's field investigation, the issue only amounted to a matter of a boundary marker being moved by abrasion and another one being damaged.
He also said the damaged and moved boundary markers shouldn't be a problem because the coordinates of the markers' original positions had been recorded. The Indonesian government would not discuss the territory-snatching allegation with the Malaysian authorities, but that the two countries were currently working together to fix the markers according to the previously agreed coordinates.
However, the pressure by the Indonesian lawmakers are being fueled by 'moral and diplomatic aids' provided by their politician friends in Malaysia.
So, the allegations that the Opposition plans to make Malaysia a republic is true after all. Some of them are so fond of going to Indonesia and hold 'serious talks' with the hardliners over there. The topic of discussion normally centers around 'the bad Malaysian administration' and ways to takeover Putrajaya.
"Benar pak. Mereka seringnya memohon bantuan tentang bagimana untuk berkuasa di Putrajaya... penyokong mereka di Indonesia bukan sedikit!"