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Indonesian students urged to reject negative remarks on nationalist

on 02 November 2010.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) yesterday assured its Indonesian students that they are always welcomed to enrol and study here.

LIGHT MOMENT: Dr Dai' Bachtiar (centre) answering a question posed by a student. Also seen are Mohd Fadzil (left) and Indonesian Consulate General in Kuching Bapak Rafail Walangitan.

Its deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Associate Prof Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman said they should look at the bigger picture and not listen to calls at them not being nationalists for studying in Malaysia.

“Claims and allegations that you are not nationalist for studying overseas should not be an issue. Do not listen to those sentiments as it will only affect your studies,” he said at the closing of Malaysia-Indonesia Sports Meet 2010 (Sukmalindo 2010) and Indonesian Day celebrations at Unimas campus here yesterday.

Also present at the function were Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Tan Sri Dr Da'i Bachtiar and officials from the country's Consulate General here in Kuching.

A total 180 athletes from the two countries took part in the Sukmalindo 2010, competing in five sporting events namely volleyball, sepak takraw, badminton, bowling and futsal.

Mohd Fadzil also saw the sports meet event as timely in view of the recent issues affecting the bilateral ties between both Malaysia and Indonesia.

Through joint programmes such as Sukmalindo, he said youths from both countries can work together and make friends which would lead to renewing and improving ties between the countries and its people.

“We have seen various national issues arising such as maid abuse, human trafficking and encroachment by fishing vessel as a challenge to our friendship, which needs a joint resolution,” said Mohd Fadzil.

Meanwhile, Dr Da'i Bachtiar reminded the students that with the technological advancement in communication, they should use it to improve the well-being of people living in this region.

He warned not to use social networking sites and other Internet platforms to incite hate amongst each other.

“Communications nowadays is more intensive compared to before. Therefore, it can lead to better integration between the people of both Malaysia and Indonesia to know each other better,” he said.

On another matter, Dr Da'i Bachtiar also praised the Consulate General (CG) of Indonesia in Kuching for their dedication in work.

“With only five staff and ten local staff, the CG here had done a great job in attending to some 200,000 Indonesians here in Sarawak,” he said.

He also delivered a talk on the Indonesian-Malaysian bilateral ties development, which touched on issues such as challenges face by both countries, economic trades and other current issues involving both countries.

The talk was followed by a question and answer session involving Indonesian and Malaysian students studying locally.

The next round of Sukmalindo will be tentatively held in Semarang, Indonesia next year.


Extracted from The Borneo Post.

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