Muhyiddin wants strategic ties between KL, Jakarta

JAKARTA (BERNAMA) – Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has called for Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta ties to be further enhanced to a strategic and comprehensive level.

He is confident that stronger bilateral relations would enable the two countries to optimise their existing cooperation, especially in economy, trade and investment.

“Following our discussion today, I am of the view that it is time for cooperation and relations between Malaysia and Indonesia to be further upgraded to a strategic and comprehensive level,” he said.

He said this at a joint news conference with Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) after they had held a four-eye meeting at Istana Merdeka yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is on an official visit to Indonesia, said the strengthening of cooperation reflects the determination of the two leaders to work together for the mutual prosperity of the two close neighbours.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during his official visit to Indonesia. PHOTO: BERNAMA

“In this connection, we have given the mandate to both our foreign ministers to identify strategic fields which can be given priority,” he added.

He expressed satisfaction with the fact that bilateral ties had strengthened at all levels.

Efforts would also be intensified to revitalise trade and investment between the two countries during the COVID-19 pandemic period, Muhyiddin said.

“Preliminary discussions have started at the working level. I hope both sides can step up talks to work out the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the implementation of the reciprocal green lane (RGL) scheme.

On the anti-palm oil campaign especially in Europe, Australia and Oceania, Muhyiddin said Indonesia and Malaysia as the two biggest producers of the commodity would continue to cooperate in tackling this issue of discrimination.

“This is to ensure that we can protect the palm oil industry, especially the millions of smallholders whose livelihoods are fully dependent on this industry in Malaysia and Indonesia,” he added.