Datuk Hanifah Aman

Datuk Hanifah Aman

Malaysia Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman will meet his Indonesian counterpart next Thursday amid Indonesian media report of “vigilante squads” and rising anger among some groups in Indonesia.

Anifah told The Star that the Cabinet discussed the matter Wednesday and he was directed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to handle the matter.

“When I meet my Indonesian counterpart, I will express Malaysia’s concern and want assurance that the Indonesian authorities can guarantee the safety of Malaysians over there,” he said when contacted in Putrajaya.

Anifah said he would also summon the Indonesian ambassador to Malaysia, Da’i Bachtiar, to express Malaysia’s concern.

Some groups in Indonesians have been expressing their anger by demonstrating in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta almost daily over the last few weeks. They pelted rotten eggs at the embassy building last week after Malaysia was accused of “stealing” the Balinese pendet dance in a promotion of Malaysia aired by the Discovery Channel.

The channel has apologized, saying it was at fault for using the dance in its promotional clip and that the Malaysian Government was not to blame.

Over the years, Kuala Lumpur has been accused many times of “stealing Indonesian culture,” including its songs and dances.