Police from Indonesia and Malaysia are currently on a three-day bilateral meeting in Bandung to discuss how they can eradicate transnational crimes between the two countries, the National Police chief of detectives said on Friday.
“This [meeting] is part of regional cooperation to eradicate transnational crimes, information exchange and cooperation in the training of investigators,” said Comr. Gen. Sutarman, the National Police chief of detectives, about the meeting that wraps up on Saturday.
While he said that the matter of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia would be discussed, he emphasized that the matter would not be the main topic on the agenda.
“So this is not just about Indonesian migrant workers, but about a wider issue, that is transnational crimes,” Sutarman explained.
With millions of Indonesians working in Malaysia, mostly as unskilled and household workers, problems about treatment of the workers there, especially illegal ones, have often raised tension between the two countries.
In one of the most recent cases, three members of the Malaysian royal police were accused by a female Indonesian migrant worker as having rapped her while in detention for questioning.
The case had led Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to contact his Malaysian counterpart to demand that cases such as that should be given attention.