TAWAU (Bernama) – Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the close relationship shared by Malaysia and Indonesia should continue to be strengthened for the wellbeing and prosperity of the two nations.
Congratulating Indonesia’s new president-elect Joko Widodo and his vice-president-elect Jusuf Kalla, Musa hoped that under the new leadership Indonesia-Malaysia cooperation and ties will become even closer.
“Both countries need to unite and work together to preserve and maintain the harmony and good relations we have enjoyed over the years,” he said in his speech at the Indonesian diplomatic reception to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the independence of Indonesia here, Saturday night.
His speech was read out by Sabah Youth and Sports Minister as well as Apas assemblyman, Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan.
Meanwhile, Musa said the two countries have entered an era of economically viable transformation, a challenging and dynamic interaction whereby Malaysia and Indonesia as well as other regional countries will grow dynamically when the Asean Community becomes a reality in 2015.
Organising regular social economic forums between Malaysia and Indonesia and interactions between the communities especially at the commercial level in the border zone of Sabah and Kalimantan will help strengthen and maintain good ties, he added.
Earlier, the Indonesian consul in Tawau Muhammad Soleh said the creation of two of his country’s Consulates General in Sabah, one in Kota Kinabalu and another in Tawau, demonstrates the closeness between the two countries.
Muhammad also asked Indonesian workers in Sabah to adhere to the rules and regulations determined by the Malaysian authorities, besides reminding employers to fulfil the workers’ rights according to the contract mutually agreed upon.