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There are more than 200 countries in the world for you to spend your money, why spending your money in a pariah-like country?

Indonesia safe to visit
By AMY CHEW

JAKARTA: Indonesia remains a safe place to visit despite the anti-Malaysia demonstrations over the recent alleged maid abuse by a Malaysian employer, the Malaysian embassy said.

The embassy said Malaysian news reports on the demonstrations, which gave the impression that the country was unsafe, were inaccurate and raised the concerns of Malaysians wanting to travel to Indonesia.

“It is safe to visit Indonesia. None of the embassy staff here feels threatened,” a Malaysian official who declined to be named told The Star.


Group message: Activists demonstrating in front of the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta Thursday. — Bernama

He said Wednesday’s reports that protesters besieged the home of Malaysian ambassador to Jakarta, Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin Syed Hassan, were out of context.

The official added that the number of protesters who rallied outside the ambassador’s home was around 100 to 120 and not 500 as reported.

“They were there for only 10 to 15 minutes. They rode on motorcycles; gave a speech, chanted and then left. “They didn’t even get off their motorcycles,” he said.

The ambassador was at home at that time but he was not in any danger, the official added.

The protesters also called for the ambassador to leave Indonesia in two days.

The protesters then moved to the Malaysian embassy where they also rallied for 10 to15 minutes before leaving.

“I received so many phone calls from Malaysians asking me whether it was safe to visit Indonesia after that report came out,” the official said.

Syed Munshe is currently in Malaysia.

“His trip to Malaysia has nothing to do with the demonstration,” the official added.

Bilateral ties between the two countries took a blow in August when Malaysian authorities arrested and later released three Indonesian maritime officers in disputed waters near Riau.

The incident triggered a wave of anti-Malaysia rallies and angry reaction from Indonesian politicians, who viewed the incident as a violation of Indonesian sovereignty.

The situation calmed down when Jakarta shut down for the Hari Raya holidays.

Fresh protests erupted again this week following news of a maid who was allegedly scalded and sexually abused by her employers in Penang.

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