KUCHING – Indonesian President Joko Widodo met about 6,000 Indonesian nationals working in Sarawak, at Stadium Perpaduan Negeri in Petra Jaya near here, this evening.
The Indonesians, workers in various sectors such as plantations and manufacturing in Miri, Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching, filled the stadium from this morning to meet their president.
Jokowi, as the Indonesian president is popularly known, had made his maiden visit to Kuching to attend the 12th Malaysia-Indonesia Annual Leaders’ Consultation with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak earlier in the day.
In his address, Jokowi advised the Indonesians working in Sarawak to have valid passports and those with children to ensure that they had birth certificates.
“The birth certificate is essential for the children to go to school in Malaysia,” he said, adding that he had asked Najib to help establish more community learning centres for the children of Indonesian workers. He said 19 such centres had been set up and it was targeted to have 50 by June next year.
At the meeting, which went on for more than an hour, Jokowi posed for photographs with the workers and enquired about their life in Malaysia, particularly Sarawak. – BERNAMA