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Indonesians in Sabah urged to respect Malaysian laws

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18th August, 2016

By MARRYAN RAZAN

KOTA KINABALU: Indonesian nationals working and residing in Sabah are reminded to respect and abide by the laws of Malaysia.

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Kota Kinabalu Akhmad D.H Irfan said that there are more than 500,000 Indonesians in Sabah and most of them work in oil palm plantations, construction and agriculture sectors.

“Today (August 17) as we celebrate the 71st anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence, we want to advise Indonesians working and living in Sabah to always abide by Malaysian laws,” he told reporters after officiating the ceremony held at the compound of the Indonesian Consulate here, yesterday.

Akhmad also suggested the possibility for Sabah and Indonesia to celebrate the two countries’ Independence Day together as the two dates are quite close to one another: Indonesia (August 17) and Malaysia (August 31). “For me this is very exciting, maybe we can come up with some activities such as cleaning the beach.”

Meanwhile, Akhmad hoped the state government would give approval to the Indonesian Consulate in Sabah to establish Community Learning Centre (CLC) in oil palm plantations which have more than 100 children of Indonesian workers.

“The number of Indonesian children eligible to attend school is about 50,000 and we have established the Sekolah Indonesia Kota Kinabalu (SIKK) in Sepanggar in addition to 213 CLCs throughout the state.

“We want all Indonesian children to attend school and not to engage in unhealthy activities.

“If there are 100-150 children at an oil palm plantation, we will establish a CLC so that they can study and not to become plantation workers which is against the law,” he added.

   
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