KOTA KINABALU: When Indonesians head to the polls on April 9, the nation’s candidates will be looking at Malaysia and how their more than 1.2mil fellow countrymen here will be marking their ballots.
Party Golkar candidate Musthafa Bakri said Malaysia had the largest number of overseas voters followed by Saudi Arabia numbering some 400,000 and a similar number in Hong Kong.
“Indonesian votes in Malaysia are significant for a candidate because if he or she can secure even half of the amount, the person has a bigger chance of winning the seat,” he said during a visit here on Saturday.
There were some 200,000 Indonesians in Sabah and another 95,000 in Sarawak eligible to vote during the polls for more than 20,000 national and provincial legislative seats.
Musthafa, who is contesting the Jakarta Selatan-Jakarta Pusat-Luar Negeri seat, is up against 82 other candidates.
He said that among the issues he would be raising during the polls was that the recruitment of Indonesian workers, especially for Malaysia, should be managed directly by the respective governments.
“Recruitment agencies should be abolished. I have heard complaints about these agencies not being serious in serving the needs of Indonesian workers.
“They are more concerned about profits,” he said.
He also said he was also hoping to push for a joint development area along the East Kalimantan-Sabah border.
“Development in these areas would benefit Malaysians and Indonesians who live along
their common border,” Musthafa added.