After a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in Putrajaya on Friday, President Jokowi offered the Malaysian investors the opportunity to invest in the construction of toll roads, railway infrastructure, seaports, airports, and power plants in Indonesia.
The president explained that bilateral issues such as maritime border cooperation, improving trade and investment, managing fishermen, sending migrant workers to Malaysia, and educating the children of Indonesian migrant workers in Sabah and Sarawak were discussed during the meeting with Najib.
With regard to maritime border cooperation, both parties agreed to form their technical committee and appoint a chairman to preside over the negotiations in a bid to accelerate solutions to the border problems.
"With the technical committee and the chairman of negotiators, we hope the territorial issues will be overcome as soon as possible," President Jokowi noted.
Fishermen who trespass into the "gray area" will not be arrested but instead expelled out of the area. However, if the fishermen enter a territorial area, they will be arrested and will face legal action in accordance with the law and sovereignty of each country.
Regarding the issue of sending migrant workers, Prime Minister Najib remarked that he still adheres to the agreements signed in Bali during the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
In this regard, Malaysia agreed to continue discussions on the issue and expressed hope that the delivery can be carried out through a single channel only.
"If it can be made that way, it is expected that better training can be imparted to candidates for employment," Najib remarked.
The Malaysian prime minister also stated that his party agreed to establish schools for the children of Indonesian migrant workers in the country.
Najib noted that according to the rules outlined by the UNESCO, the right to acquire education is the right that should not be overlooked.
"Therefore, we agree that the plan to establish schools for the children of Indonesian migrant workers can be realized," he affirmed.(*)