Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Indonesia to stop 'invasion'

Source (click to view): AsiaOne and The New Straits Times

Indonesia will not allow an extremist group of nationalists, bent on avenging a series of wrongdoing allegedly committed by Malaysia, to "invade" the country tomorrow.

"It will never, never take place. We are taking precautions," said Teuku Faizasyah, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry without elaborating.

"We have high regards for the bilateral relationship with Malaysia."

Faizasyah said the government could not act against the group as long as they were only making statements.

"But if they go beyond that, we will take legal action."

Benteng Demokrasi Rakyat (Bendera), a group of vigilantes with 1,500 members, vowed to "wage war" on Malaysia tomorrow.

Bendera said its plan to invade Malaysia would proceed on schedule and 1,500 men would depart for Malaysian shores by ships and other modes of transportation.

"It (invasion) will proceed as planned," said Mustar Bona Ventura, a BDR coordinator.

On whether they would be armed, he replied: "I can't tell you that."

Mustar said the men would depart from Surabaya, south Kalimantan and other cities.

The group is angry over the abusive treatment of Indonesian workers in Malaysia, the sovereignty claims over Ambalat and Malaysia's alleged efforts to claim "tarian pendet" as its own.