In it readers’ forum, The Jakarta Post posted this issues of ‘Activists conduct sweep on Malaysians‘. The responses were mostly against such act. Here is one of them:
Should Malaysians (we do have hotheads and misguided people like these in Malaysia) do the same to the TKI (Indonesian workers), both legal and illegal, in Malaysia? I’m talking about the Malaysian people, not the police, RELA (auxiliary to the police) and whatnots.
This kind of news will become big news in Malaysia, and rightly or wrongly, a sense of “Malaysians being put in a corner” will prevail. I for one do believe that Malaysia (or rather the Malaysian government) is not blameless in this matter, but the way some Indonesians go about showing their displeasure is definitely not the right way to go, in the sense of getting meaningful and lasting results.
Why provoke the whole Malaysian nation? They blame Malaysia for it, and is Indonesia not also part of the equation in this whole mess? A wise person once said, “Bad things cannot happen to you if you do not allow it to be so.”
There are an estimated 2 million Indonesians in Malaysia – 1 million legal and 1 million illegal. There are already strong voices in Malaysia for the government to do something about this flood of Indonesians in Malaysia.
There are already movements in Malaysia to not employ Indonesians, albeit on a small scale for now; this is in response to the never-ending news about TKIs being abused in Malaysia. Some are definitely true, some require investigation, and some are just plain greed on the part of the TKIs.
Do more of these demos in Indonesia, and you will see the trickle turning into a flood — more unemployed Indonesians, less money from abroad.
Ariffin Abdul Latiff, Bahrain
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