Jokowi eyes MoU in economic sector with Malaysia

TEMPO.CO, JakartaForeign Minister Retno Marsudi said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo plans to draft a partnership agreement or memorandum of understanding in the economic sector with Malaysia.

Earlier in the day, April 1, the latter signed an agreement on the protection of Indonesian migrant workers with Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at Merdeka Palace in central Jakarta.

“Hopefully we will cooperate with Malaysia in other sectors such as domestic sector, construction sector, services, culture, etc.,” Retno said in a statement on Friday (April 1).

During the meeting, Retno said that Sabri submitted the Ambassador’s proposal to Indonesia. However, the president said the process of nominating an ambassador must go through parliament.

“So we are waiting for the process of parliament and inchallahit will be completed in the near future,” Retno added.

The MOU on Indonesian Migrant Worker Protection regulates the use of a one-channel system for the entire process of worker placement, tracking and return. Jokowi hoped that through this agreement, migrant workers would get maximum rights and protection from both countries.

Retno added that the MoU had been negotiated with the Malaysian government over the past six years. “We hope that the bad cases plaguing Indonesian workers in Malaysia will be dropped significantly,” the minister said.

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