The Jakarta Post
Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly has appealed to the Malaysian government to show respect to Indonesian migrant workers employed in the country.
"This is not the first time such a humiliating incident has occurred in Malaysia," Yasonna said in Jakarta on Thursday as quoted by Antara news agency.
The minister was expressing his concerns over a RoboVac vacuum cleaner advertisement bearing the words, "Fire Your Indonesian Maid Now" on the company's website.
Yasonna hoped the Malaysian government would issue a warning to the company for offending Indonesian nationals.
"Let the Malaysian government handle the problem," Yasonna noted.
The minister said that a large number of Indonesian migrant workers were employed in Malaysia. However, not all of them worked as housemaids.
Several Indonesian workers are employed in the formal sector in Malaysia, such as those working in oil-palm plantations, which requires specific skills.
"Thus, Indonesian migrant workers have made positive contributions to Malaysia. I hope we can respect each other," the minister emphasized.
The minister hoped that a visit from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to Malaysia could help find a quick solution to the problem.
The Indonesian Embassy in Malaysia has sent a letter to the Malaysian authority, urging a ban on the advertisement.
The embassy has also called on the Malaysian government to take firm action to ensure that such advertisements that demean the citizens other countries, including Indonesia, are not published again. (hhr)(+++)
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