Malaysia – As both nations recover from the Covid-19 outbreak, Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to establish a travel corridor between them through the Travel Corridor Arrangement or Vaccinated Travel Lane arrangement.
The appropriate ministries will enhance the idea, according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, so that the boundary between the two nations — which includes the Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur-Bali-Kuala Lumpur pathways — may be opened.
“A joint announcement will be issued to proclaim the opening of the Malaysia-Indonesia border,” he said during a joint news conference with President Joko Widodo at Istana Bogor on the first day of his three-day official visit.
He promised that the health and safety of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia will be maintained.
According to Ismail Sabri, the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446), which was revised last year, ensures decent housing for employees, not just Malaysians but also foreigners, including Indonesians.
Bertemu PM Malaysia, Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri hari ini, kami membahas isu bilateral antara lain soal kerja sama perlindungan WNI di Malaysia, izin community learning center di Semenanjung, negosiasi batas negara di darat dan di laut, serta soal pemulihan ekonomi pascapandemi. pic.twitter.com/PzOhZav7XL— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) November 10, 2021
The Prime Minister also stated that the Memorandum of Understanding on the Recruitment and Protection of Indonesian Domestic Workers in Malaysia, signed by the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources and the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower, will be finalized as soon as practicable.
Indonesian employees can take advantage of the Malaysian government’s decision to extend the Recalibration program till the end of the year by going home willingly or working lawfully, he added.
According to the prime minister, cultural cooperation between Malaysia and Indonesia would be bolstered by the joint listing on Unesco of numerous additional jointly inherited cultural heritage objects.
Because Malaysia and Indonesia have numerous commonalities in different areas, such as customs, traditions, and cultural history, a combined listing in the future might protect the relationship from being harmed.
By multinational nomination, the two nations have submitted a combined listing to Unesco for “Pantun” in 2020.
In regards to the delimitation of the two nations’ maritime boundary, Ismail Sabri stated that Malaysia remains dedicated to finding a solution to resolve the problem.
He explained, “There are four linked difficulties; two of them have been handled and may be signed.”