Indonesia and Malaysia's love-hate relationship
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For centuries, the relations, migrations, and interactions between Indonesian and Malaysian people have been quite intense, and it is common for Malaysians to trace their relatives in Indonesia and vice versa.
The Malays ' homes are on both sides of the strait and also on coastal Borneo, while Dayak homelands are both in East Malaysian Borneo and Indonesian Kalimantan. Some of the Indonesian origin ethnic groups such as MinangBugisand Javanese had significant migration to Malaysia and formed significant communities in Malaysia.
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Negeri Sembilan in particular have large numbers of Minangkabau people. During the colonial era, the region was contested among European colonial powers, notably British and Dutch. From the 17th to early 19th century, various states, ports, and cities in the region were held as Dutch colonies or British possessions.
The current borders between Indonesia and Malaysia were basically inherited from those established by the colonial powers through their treaties. These treaties officially divided the archipelago into two: The line that separated the spheres of influence between the British and the Dutch ultimately became the border between Indonesia and Malaysia.
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After the Japanese defeat, Indonesia declared its independence infollowed a war of independence against Dutch until The British reestablished their authority in Malaya, and their withdrawal two decades later meant the independence of the states of Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. The diplomatic relations between the Republic of Indonesia and Federation of Malaya were established promptly after Malaya's independence from Britain in However, the relations between the two nations deteriorated under Indonesian President Sukarno in see Indonesia—Malaysia confrontationsee Indonesian withdrawal from the United Nations.
The conflict resulted from Indonesian opposition to the formation of Malaysia, a merger of the Federation of Malaya with two former British colonies on Borneo: The conflict has led to the termination of diplomatic relations on 17 September The bilateral relations recovery process was started on 1 June when the foreign ministers of two nations signed the Bangkok Accord to end hostility and confrontation.
Followed by Jakarta Accord signed on 11 August in Jakarta, marked the re-establishment of bilateral relations. Since the s under Suharto and Mahathir administrations, both countries enjoys relatively cordial and close relationship, stemmed from both proximity and serumpun kinship spirit. However, some diplomatic spats have occurred that at times put tensions on bilateral relations.
These range from territorial disputes, treatment of migrant workers to accusations of cultural theft. Territorial disputes[ edit ] Most of the current borders were inherited from Dutch East Indies and British Malaya and Borneo colonial rule. Currently, both nations are in a territorial dispute over the oil-rich islands of Ambalat. Previously, they were over territorial disputes over the islands of Ligitan and Sipadanwhich were won by Malaysia.
Both parties involved in arresting and detaining their counterpart's officials and fishermen accused on territorial breaching violations and illegal fishing. The AR3 has a maximum range of up to kilometers, a distance which will place some parts of Indonesia within firing range.
The Chinese side also declined to comment on the report, saying "weapons exports were not part of its remit". Indonesians in Malaysia Indonesian migrant workers Indonesian: In the s to s Malaysia saw economic growth and development, industrialization, and modernization.An Indonesian singer in Malaysia - Across ASEAN - Full episode
With its large population and large workforce, Indonesian workers began to regard Malaysia as an attractive destination for work as a means of improving their economic situation. In both Indonesia and Malaysia were hit by a financial crisis that prompted the fall of the Indonesian Suharto regime.
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All of the present tensions can be blamed, ultimately, on colonialism and nationalism. Many commentators have highlighted the mistreatment of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia as the key source of disquiet in the relationship.
This issue has been quietly bubbling away for decades until the present day, despite the Indonesian government placing a moratorium on the sending of maids and other workers to Malaysia for much of and In Novemberafter the negotiation of improved protection arrangements for Indonesian workers, the moratorium was rescinded, for better or worse.
Arguably, this notion is responsible for much of the anti-Malaysia sentiment in recent times.
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It should also be stated from the outset that the alleged cultural heritage claims did not occur. Apparently the Malaysian government does not want to deliberately antagonise their much larger and more powerful neighbour.
This has meant that Malaysia has held back from lodging legitimate claims for much of its best-known cultural heritage, including batik and wayang kulit shadow puppet theatre.
The Malaysian players and officials were obviously uncomfortable, but continued to sing the anthem nonetheless. The sell-out crowd figure of approximatelycould have been quite conservative, as many of the tens of thousands of fans without tickets milling outside the stadium were granted entry, to avoid a stampede. This was not the first time in the tournament the stadium was filled to capacity, either, as Indonesia had already played Malaysia before in the group stage.
The group match was also marked by the Malaysian national anthem being drowned out. Much was made of the fact that the Malaysian coach refused to let his team practice on an outdoors pitch, due to the expected hostile reception of local Indonesians.
Instead, the Malaysians trained behind closed doors within the hotel grounds. Second, the Malaysian media correspondents based in Jakarta and Palembang made it quite clear that the anti-Malaysia sentiment was pervasive.
The Malaysian karate team was booed throughout the three-day tournament, the entire badminton team was not spared and even Malaysian pole-vault athletes had to contend with an openly hostile crowd. None of this hostility was directed at the other nations competing. As the Malaysian chef-de-mission Datuk Naim Mohamad observed, the Indonesian fans directed almost all of their invective and jeers at the Malaysian competitors.
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Finally, when the dust settled, the backslapping and soul searching began. In terms of the backslapping, it appeared that apart from boasting the prized gold medal in football, Malaysians could reflect proudly on the fact that they would never bow to intimidation nor would they ever be ungracious hosts.
The fact that the exhausted Malaysians lost to lowly Syria was of little concern. Still basking in the Jakarta victory, media commentators congratulated Malaysians on appearing to overcome, at least momentarily, the barely-suppressed socio-political divisions which still seem to be threatening the national fabric at its most fundamental levels.