President SBY wants to talk respect, tolerance during Malaysia visit


December 18, 2012

President SBY wants to talk respect, tolerance during Malaysia visit

Novan Iman Santosa, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

President SBYPresident Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Monday that he would raise the issues of mutual respect and tolerance during his annual consultations with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Yudhoyono was commenting on an article written by former Malaysian Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin, which is considered by many here as offensive toward former Indonesian president BJ Habibie.

Zam's article

“The article written by a former Malaysian Minister, Zainuddin, on our third President Pak Habibie, was improper and unethical and could jeopardize good ties between Indonesia and Malaysia,” Yudhoyono said after watching the movie Habibie dan Ainun in Kuningan, South Jakarta, as quoted by Antara news agency.

“We have worked it out, the Foreign Minister will take diplomatic notes both here and in Kuala Lumpur.” Therefore, Yudhoyono added, Indonesia would raise the issues of mutual respect and tolerance during the annual consultations so that similar incidents would not recur to obstruct friendship between both countries.

In his article, Zainudin made a comparison between Habibie and Malaysian OppositionZainuddin Maidin leader Anwar Ibrahim which the former Minister portrayed as traitors and “The Dog Of Imperialism”.

Many parties both in Malaysia and Indonesia have deplored the article and called for a calm resolution.

Yudhoyono is leaving on Tuesday for Malaysia to attend the annual consultation, the highest forum in Malaysia-Indonesia in bilateral ties, presidential spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said in a written statement on Monday.

The President would also raise priority issues including protection for Indonesians working in Malaysia, borders, trade and investment, Faizasyah said. Yudhoyono will have a private, face-to-face meeting with Najib before leading the ninth annual consultations.

North Malaysia University is scheduled to confer the President with an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership of Peace.

On Wednesday, Yudhoyono will leave for India to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit marking 20 years of relations between the Southeast Asian regional group and India. He is also scheduled to attend the Indonesian Students Association (PPI) world conference in New Delhi.

The summit will discuss various ways to improve cooperation and partnerships between ASEAN and India and setting the future vision for ASEAN-India relationships.

Bilateral trade between India and ASEAN was US$74.9 billion in 2011, a 43 percent increase from the previous year. The figure exceeded the $70 billion target for 2012 while both parties have set a target of US$100 billion by 2015 for ASEAN-India trade.

The ASEAN-India free trade agreement is being expanded to also include investment and services. The current FTA covers only tariffs for goods and became effective on January 1, 2010.

With a combined population of 1.8 billion and GDP of $2.75 trillion, ASEAN and India have created one of the largest free trade areas in the world. ASEAN is also moving toward a more ambitious plan to repackage five FTAs involving six major trading partners into the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which was announced at the 21st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits held in Phnom Penh in November. Negotiations will start in early 2013.

In addition to India, the enlarged free trade area also includes Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea with a combined population of some 3 billion and GDP of $15 trillion.

5 thoughts on “President SBY wants to talk respect, tolerance during Malaysia visit

  1. Zainuddin Maidin, Musang Tua tak beradab

    Jakarta | Jum’at, 14 December 2012

    Dari Harian Jurnal Nasional, koran Partai Demokrat
    Oleh N. Syamsuddin CH. Haesy

    HARI-hari yang menyesakkan. Sejak hari Senin (10/12) sejumlah kalangan bertanya kepada saya tentang Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin (Zam), bekas Menteri Penerangan Malaysia dalam kabinet Abdullah Achmad Badawi (Pak Lah). Pasalnya, pada hari itu, lelaki berjuluk ‘Dato‘ Mamak‘ ‘“ untuk menegaskan dirinya sebagai orang melayu berdarah Pakistan ‘“ menulis artikel di koran Utusan Malaysia, yang membuat kita sangat marah.

    Artikelnya bertajuk “Persamaan BJ Habibie dengan Anwar Ibrahim,‘ berisi penistaan keji kepada Pak Habibie, mantan Presiden BJ Habibie. Serangan keji dan tak tahu adab, itu tak boleh dibiarkan.

    Saya mengenal Zainuddin Maidin, sejak Maret 2008. Kala itu, sebagai Menteri Penerangan, dia bertarung dengan Dato‘ Johari Abdul (dari Partai Keadilan Rakyat, pimpinan Anwar Ibrahim) dalam Pilihan Raya Umum (Pemilihan Umum). Pertarungan di daerah pemilihan Sungai Petani ‘“ Kedah, itu dimenangkan Dato‘ Johari. Rakyat di sana tak memilihnya. Padahal, pada dua malam menjelang pemungutan suara, Zam dengan pongah, meyakinkan, bahwa rakyat Sungai Petani akan memilihnya. Ternyata dia teruk.

    Dari Sungai Petani saya menulis untuk koran ini (Jurnal Nasional, 12/3/2008), menggambarkan indikator kekalahannya. Ketika itu, saya melihat, bagaimana ia tak diorangi oleh rakyat Sungai Petani. Di ‘bilik gerakan‘ — semacam Posko Barisan Nasional ‘“ Taman Nilam, rakyat cuek dengan kampanye dialogis yang dilakukannya. Berbeda dengan ‘bilik gerakan‘ PKR.

    Seorang sahabat — pemimpin grup media multi format milik swasta terbesar di Malaysia –, tak habis pikir, mantan Presiden Kesatuan Wartawan Kebangsaan Malaysia, itu bersikap tolol semacam itu. Zam seperti ‘musang tua tak tahu adab.‘

    Saya bertanya-tanya: adakah wartawan lulusan Institute of Journalism di Berlin, Jerman (1969) yang pernah menjadi wartawan BBC seksi Melayu di London, itu sedang depresi berat? Sama sekali tak bisa dipahami oleh akal sehat.

    Kalaupun Zam tak suka Pak Habibie membantu Anwar Ibrahim yang terus tersudutkan di negerinya, haruskah dia bersikap sebodoh itu? Apa salahnya Prof. Habibie memenuhi undangan Anwar Ibrahim, yang secara sah merupakan anggota parlemen Malaysia? Apa hal yang tiba-tiba membuatnya menjadi kehilangan dirinya?

    Kepada sejumlah kalangan di Malaysia, tindakan Zam menista mantan Presiden Republik Indonesia adalah tindakan yang membuat hubungan kedua negara kini dan ke depan, terjejas (rusak). Alasan Zam menulis artikel itu, bertujuan agar Pak Habibie tidak bersekutu dengan Anwar Ibrahim yang dipandangnya ‘tak punya marwah,” adalah alasan pandir. Alasan itu menunjukkan Zam sebagai politisi ‘lencong‘ dan ‘lancung‘ yang tak pantas berada di UMNO.

    Sejumlah wartawan senior Malaysia pun marah kepada Zam dan Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak ‘“ Pemimpin Redaksi Kelompok penerbitan Utusan karena membiarkan tulisan Zam yang buruk itu diterbitkan. Keduanya telah menodai asas-asas akhlak yang selama ini diusung oleh Utusan Malaysia.

    Kita sangat marah kepada Zam, karena banyak hal. Pertama, karena serangan dia kepada Pak Habibie sangat tidak wajar. Kedua, sebagai bekas menteri, mestinya sebagai bekas menteri dia tahu adab, memegang teguh prinsip UMNO dan pers Malaysia: menghormati Kepala Negara dan mantan Kepala Negara jiran. Ketiga, Zam tak punya adab kesopanan, semata-mata hanya karena dia membenci Anwar Ibrahim.

    Dampak dari tindakan bebal Zainuddin Maidin, rusaklah upaya Mantan Perdana Menteri Malaysia Dr. Tun Mahathir, Perdana Menteri Malaysia Dato‘ Seri Muhammad Najib Tun Razak, Yang Dipertua Dewan Negara, Tan Sri Abu Zahar Dato‘ Nika Ujang, dan Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi Kebudayaan Malaysia Dr. Dato‘ Seri Utama Rais Yatim. Zam juga sudah menghancurkan persahabatan yang dibangun susah payah oleh para wartawan senior, budayawan, aktivis NGO (lembaga swadaya masyarakat), dan tokoh-tokoh pengusaha.

    ‘Musang tua‘ tak beradab, itu telah membakar rasa persaudaraan kedua negara, hanya karena dia depresi? Itu bukan alasan. Urusan kita adalah memelihara hubungan baik kedua negara yang terus menerus diupayakan oleh kalangan berakal sehat dan beradab.

    Kita mendesak, PM Malaysia Dato‘ Seri Muhammad Najib Tun Razak, selaku Presiden UMNO (United Malays National Organization) memberi punishment kepadanya sebagai anggota. Alasannya: Zainuddin Maidin, ‘musang tua tak tahu adab‘ itu telah merusak hubungan ‘dua hala‘ (timbal balik) kedua negara. Kita berharap pula, pertemuan pemimpin pemerintahan kedua negara, pekan depan, mengobati luka yang ditorehkan Zam !

  2. Just a word on the India-ASEAN FTA (IAFTA).
    Pak SBY should do most of the talking along with expert inputs from PM H.L. Lee. Jibs should just watch, like any good acolyte should. Small futt, liable to say the most inane thing.

    Why? Because the negotiations were hell, with the Indians rolling every word 12 times around their tongue, before they spit it out. Verbose. Our negotiators were gobsmacked!
    The Chinese were more accommodating with CAFTA. Taikor vs sailo (Big brother vs smaller youngster).

  3. ” Musang Tua Tak beradab “, betul kerana depresi…semakin tua semakin merasa Inferiority….

    Ketandusan ilmu berbanding dengan Pa’ Habibie – rata rata di Dunia mengenal Pa’ Habibie sebagai ” Scientis ” setanding para Scientis Barat, tetapi Si-Musang Tua yang kehilangan ‘gigi’ , tetap tidak mengtahui harga Kerhormatan diri. – siapa yang mengangkat nya menjadi ” Mentri ” ?
    Ayoh Malaysia…pohon saja Apology….

  4. Zainuddin was an embarassment (we have erection every 5 years don’t you aljazeera know that so why come and make us look no good on your talivisyen?) and still is… really unpolished and uncouthed….

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