Lahad Datu, Sabah, (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana on Tuesday inaugurated nine community learning centers (CLCs) for children of Indonesian workers in Felda Sahabat plantation owned by Felda Global Ventures in Lahad Datu, Sabah state of Malaysia.

The nine CLCs were previously operated by Peduli Insan Nusantara Foundation (Yapinus) without any legal document to operate in Malaysia nor it work in coordination with the Indonesian representatives in Sabah.

The foundation has violated regulations in both Indonesia and Malaysia, and this had made the nine CLC illegal.

The CLC operations were then handed over to Felda Global ventures (FGV) with the support of the Indonesian Consulate in Tawau, to comply with the regulation in Indonesia and Malaysia, and to increase its services, management transparency and accountability, in accordance with the recommendation of the Sabah Education Department.

"CLC management by FGV would give benefit to the Indonesians, Yapinus management, and even the FGV itself," the ambassador said in his speech.

Rusdi said, the government would conduct national exam in Sabah thus the students would not have to go to Sebatik or Nunukan in Indonesia to take national equivalency exam.

The nine CLCs have a total of 650 students, with 20 ex-Yapinus teachers and nine teachers sent by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Reporting by Agus Setiawan
Editing by Sri Haryati

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