Indonesia is intensifying its efforts to protect migrant workers in Malaysia, as indicated by a visit to Penang and Johor by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi Monday. Retno’s visit from March 15 to 18 was the first by an Indonesian foreign minister to Penang and Johor since 1969.
The minister held talks with Indonesian migrant workers and several companies in some key areas, including oil palm plantations and technology-intense industries, such as the Plexus Riverside. “I have asked the management to end the problems that occur in Malaysia and I will also convey that to the Malaysian government. Meanwhile, I have communicated with the relevant ministers to look for solutions to the upstream problems,” Retno said in a statement.—Agencies