Quarantine Free Travel To Indonesia Coming Soon

source – sinar harian

JAKARTA: Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to establish a travel corridor between the two countries via the Travel Corridor Arrangement or Vaccinated Travel Lane arrangement, in light of the fact that both countries are still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the initiative will be refined by relevant ministries to enable the two countries’ border to be opened through the Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur-Bali-Kuala Lumpur routes.

“A joint statement will be made to announce the opening of the border between Malaysia and Indonesia,” he commented at a joint news conference with President Joko “Jokowi" Widodo at Istana Bogor on Tuesday, Bernama reported.

Ismail Sabri assured Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia that their welfare and protection would be preserved.

According to him, the amendments to the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446) last year ensured suitable housing for workers, not only Malaysians but also foreigners, including those from Indonesia.

He also promised that the memorandum of understanding between Malaysia’s Human Resources Ministry and Indonesia’s Ministry of Manpower on the recruitment and protection of Indonesian domestic workers in Malaysia will be finalised as soon as possible.

Indonesian employees, he added, could take advantage of Malaysia’s extension of the recalibration programme till the end of the year by going home voluntarily or working legally.

He noted that collaboration between the two countries in the cultural area will be bolstered further by the joint listing of many more collectively inherited cultural heritage assets with Unesco.

A future joint listing might help maintain the connection, since Malaysia and Indonesia have several similarities, including customs, traditions, and cultural heritage.

Malaysia and Indonesia jointly submitted a multinational nomination to Unesco for the pantun in 2020.

source - berita harian

In respect to the delimitation of the two countries’ maritime border, Ismail Sabri reaffirmed Malaysia’s commitment to resolving the problem.

“There are four related issues; two issues have been resolved and can be signed,” he added.

Ismail Sabri and Jokowi agreed that the Myanmar issue needed to be handled comprehensively since the country’s issues had an influence on Malaysia in the form of the arrival of more than 200,000 Rohingya refugees.

Ismail Sabri extended an invitation to Jokowi to visit Malaysia on an official basis at the conclusion of the press conference.

Since becoming the president, Jokowi has paid two official visits to Malaysia.

Ismail Sabri was joined on the tour by Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, and Adlan Mohd Shaffieq, charge d’affaires of the Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia.

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