Rethinking our borders with Malaysia


An Opinion in by I Made Andi Arsana (20/02/08)

The border issue between Indonesia and Malaysia has been an interesting topic lately. This is what, at least, has indicated by news in Indonesia’s mass media. The issue of Askar Wataniah has been a topic almost all media have covered in the last two weeks.

Commission I of the Indonesian House of Representative revealed that Indonesian people are recruited as members of Malaysia’s Askar Wataniah in the border area of Kalimantan. This has sparked controversy and questions of nationality and economic development. While the issue is yet to be confirmed, this reminds us the Indonesian government should pay more attention to those people residing along border areas.

Standing on the side of Niagara River in the edge of New York and staring at Canada on the other side was an interesting experience. It shows how physical and economic development in a border area does really matter. People living in New York can easily see the face of Canada and observe how well-developed Canada is.

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Author: Andi Arsana

I am a lecturer and a full-time student of the universe

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