KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has labelled the instigators of the anti-Malaysia demonstrations in Indonesia as “mercenaries”.
He advised Malaysians not to react to the protests, saying that they would merely be falling into the trap of these groups who wanted to disrupt the good bilateral relationship between the two countries.
“I am not surprised because there are hired groups in Indonesia. We must be able to tell that these are the actions of groups that are hired by certain quarters to disrupt our ties with Indonesia.
“I do not think that this reflects the stand of the Indonesian government. In fact, both governments have a very good and close relationship,” he said, adding that nobody should be allowed to come between the two countries, especially “mercenaries or hired groups”.
He said the intention of the instigators was to rile up and pit the two nations against each other.
“So let’s not fall into the trap. We have called the Indonesian ambassador so the authorities over there beef up security to prevent such incidents from recurring,” he said.
It was reported that demonstrators outside the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta had spat at Malaysian flags and taunted Indonesian policemen guarding the premises.
The Indonesian protests occurred after the Aug 13 detention of three Indonesian maritime officers by Malaysia for holding seven Malaysian fishermen.
Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Tan Sri Da’i Bachtiar told reporters that his government guaranteed the safety of all Malaysians living in the country, saying that threats to “sweep” them were isolated incidents.
He said the Government would take action against anyone who harmed Malaysians and police were investigating the incidents to see if the protesters could be brought to court.
He also said Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa would be meeting his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Anifah Aman in Kota Kinabalu on Sept 6 to discuss the sea boundary between the two countries.
Source :Â The Star