Cops to work with Indonesia

  • Nation
  • Monday, 15 Apr 2019

Strong showing: Indonesia voters lining up to cast their votes at the Consulate-General in Jalan Burma in Penang. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will cooperate with their Indonesian counterpart on the discovery of a number of documents in Kajang allegedly linked to the republic’s presidential election.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun in a statement said the case, however, did not involve any violation of Malay­sian law.

On Thursday, a video went viral on social media showing hundreds of black and white plastic bags allegedly containing Indonesia’s postal voting papers in premises in Kajang.

Meanwhile, major traffic congestion occurred outside the Indone­sian embassy at Jalan Tun Razak here as thousands of Indonesian citizens came to cast their votes yesterday.

Vehicles had to slow down along the road while Indonesian voters stopped by at the embassy to cast their votes. At least one female voter fainted as the voters waited their turn.

Citizens also lined up at the Indonesian School at Jalan Tun Ismail here to cast their votes.

In Johor Baru, Indonesian voters went to cast their ballots at the Consulate-General’s office, reports VENESA DEVI.

One of them was factory worker Muhasan Ahmad, 30, who has been living in Kota Tinggi for about four years.

He said the consulate arranged a bus to pick him and other workers from the factory.

“This is the first time I am casting my vote away from home and I’m glad to make it,” he said.

Ully Ambar Novianti, 40, who works as a clerk, was excited to cast her vote as she has high hopes for the future of her country.

“We want the country to change for the better and it is important for each citizen, even those living thousands of miles away from home, to make our voices heard,” she said.

As for first-time voters, Fauzan Amru Taufiq Azwar and Fawwaz Ammar Taufiq Azwar, both 18, the experience of casting votes abroad were both interesting and exciting.

“We were nervous at first as we do not know how the voting process would be conducted but everything seems to fall into place and we have managed to cast our votes, said Fawwaz.

“I hope that the new president will be able to bring healthy economic reforms to the country and raise the citizens’ standard of living.”

Johor Baru Consulate-General of Indonesia Information, Social and Cultural Affairs Consul Anang Fauzi Firdaus said there are 80,000 Indo­nesians living in Johor.

In George Town, hundreds of overseas Indonesian workers cast their votes at the Consulate-General in Jalan Burma.

There are about 3,000 Indonesians who work in Penang.

Penang Indonesian Overseas Election Committee chief Ferdinand Murni Hamundu said as of Dec 10, 2018, the number of registered voters is 2,472.

Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, is seeking re-election for the 2019-2024 term.


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