Unspun‘s just rceived this, a press statement issued by the Malaysian Foreign Ministry in response to the bunch of guys with sharp bamboo sticks and blunt minds conducting “sweeping” operations for Malaysian citizens at Jalan Diponegoro in Jakarta.
PRESS STATEMENT BY FOREIGN MINISTER OF MALAYSIA ON SITUATION IN REPUBLIC INDONESIA
Malaysia expresses grave concern on the actions of certain quarters in the Republic of Indonesia which are intended to spark conflicts between the peoples of Malaysia and Indonesia. Allegations and accusations by certain sections of the Indonesian media as well as related incidents such as ‘sweeping’ operations targeted at Malaysians in Indonesia, burning of the Malaysian flag and demonstrations at Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta have given rise to controversy as well as negative perceptions by the people of both countries which may be detrimental to the long-standing bilateral relations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia urges the Government of the Republic Indonesia to take the necessary actions in order to ensure the welfare and well-being of Malaysian citizens in Indonesia are taken care of, as well as to ensure that such aggressive actions of certain extremists in Indonesia are curtailed immediately.
In this regard, on 9 September 2009 The Hon. Datuk Anifah Aman, Foreign Minister of Malaysia has summoned H.E. Tan Sri Da’I Bachtiar, The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Malaysia, to express Malaysia’s position on the conflicting issues which has resulted in the deterioration of the bilateral relations of both countries. H.E. The Ambassador of Indonesia has contacted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia as well as the Chief of the Indonesian National Police, who have assured that necessary measures will be taken to ensure the security of Malaysian citizens in Indonesia.
So far, there has been no report on any injuries or fatalities among Malaysians in Indonesia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Malaysia in Jakarta will continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue reports accordingly.
To this end, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Malaysia in Jakarta have set up Operation Rooms, to receive reports of any related incidents from members of the public, especially from Malaysian citizens currently in Indonesia. The Operation Rooms can be contacted at:
Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra), Putrajaya Operation Room:
Tel. : 03-88892746 / 03-88874750
Embassy of Malaysia, Jakarta Operation Room
Tel. : +6221-5224947 / +6221-5224971
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
9 September 2009