JAKARTA, Feb 12 – Deputy Prime Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has asked Malaysian students in Indonesia to be ready to seize ample opportunities that would be created in the Asean region with the formation of the Asean Community in 2015.
He said the Asean Community would make Asean a more open regional market and a single production centre for freer movement of capital and professionals among Asean countries.
He said as the fastest growing economies in the region, Malaysia and Indonesia would be able to provide a huge market to support regional economic growth.
“A lot of employment, business, investment and trade opportunities, which will be created in the two countries, will contribute to the progress and prosperity of the region’s economy,” he said when opening the Malaysia Hall Jakarta today.
Muhyiddin hoped Malaysian students would capitalise on the opportunities in Indonesia to gain knowledge and experience as well as to develop a network i9n various sectors with the local community.
He said this would help build mutual beneficial relationships among the people of the two countries in realising the aspirations of the Asean Community Asean.
“I hope that Malaysian students in Indonesia can also help make the Asean Community a success as ‘ambassadors’ to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries,” he said.
He said 2015 would be a momentous year for Malaysia for it would take over the Asean chairmanship and play a bigger role in paving the way for the success of the Asean Community, including the drafting of the Asean’s direction after 2015.
On the Malaysia Hall, he described it as a symbol of pride for Malaysians in Indonesia and a place for Malaysian citizens, including students to interact with each other, and carry out cultural and knowledge activities.
In his speech, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the RM3.79 million Malaysia Hall in Jalan Hos Cokroaminoto in Central Jakarta would serve as a community centre for Malaysians working and studying in Jakarta.
Present were Muhyiddin’s wife, Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman and Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin Syed Hassan. – Bernama