Eternal Love Indonesia-Malaysia
Family members don't hurt each other. Searching without warrants should be ceased and let's return the entire jurisdiction over illegal immigrants to police and immigration officers. Indonesia should make utmost efforts to control forest fires whose smoke reaches Malaysia, and Malaysia should tighten its Kalimantan/Borneo border to prevent illegal logging in Indonesia. Let Indonesian workers in Malaysia have the right to organize themselves in labor unions. Despite all the good will of the Malaysian government, many companies are bound to be overeager in their quests for profits and unions are one of the best ways to provide workers with protection. Let us revise our labor MoU and no longer allow companies to keep workers passports. Our long shared history and ancient royal links sometimes make it hard to distinguish the origin of culturally related products. Let us sincerely ask the question that the Roman leader Cicero conveyed. Cui bono? Who will benefit from a degrading relationship between us? Certainly not Indonesians in Malaysia nor Malaysians in Indonesia. Not the stability and prosperity of Southeast Asian. While some people easily feel offended and have short horizons, let's hope that cooler heads and long-term views prevail. Berly Martawardaya is PhD candidate at the University of Siena, Italy. Adhitya is a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and board member of the International Association of Indonesian Scientists.