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Predicting Indonesia’s maritime boundaries

  • Made Andi Arsana

Yogyakarta   /   Thu, December 22 2011   /  10:57 am

Earlier this month, a television program, Mata Najwa, aired an investigative program entitled “The Borders”. One can easily see after watching the program that border issues remain one of the most important problems in Indonesia, the solution of which should be prioritized. We may live in a borderless world but borders, in fact, do matter and still dictate the relationships between countries.

People might still remember the incident that took place in the waters off Tanjung Berakit in the Singapore Strait involving Malaysian fishermen, an Indonesian patrol boat and Malaysian marine police officers in August 2010.

A similar incident took place in the northern part of the Malacca Strait on Apr. 7 that easily made its way into national headline news. Even though the two incidents occurred in different places and at different times, they were in fact similar. Both were con...