Indonesian Embassy works with Banteay Meanchey to combat transnational crimes

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Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia, Sudirman Haseng will endeavor to develop positive and deeper bilateral cooperation between the two nations in the field of economy and education besides giving notable priority to exploring the possibility of enhancing capacity building in combating transnational crimes.

In expressing this at a meeting with Banteay Meanchey deputy governor Om Chantha on Sunday, the Ambassador said that he envisages plenty of potentials for future constructive cooperation between the two nations in various fields.

“Since there are many Indonesians living in Banteay Meanchey, I see the potential of future cooperation between Indonesia and Cambodia, to work together in preventing and combating trans-national crimes. That’s why, I believe that Indonesia and Cambodia need to have an umbrella agreement about that,” he added.

During the meeting, Ambassador Sudirman who handed over logistical donations to help people in the province who might still be affected by the flooding said that he highly appreciated and was grateful to the people and the Banteay Meanchey provincial government for the assistance extended to the Indonesian nationals living in the province, including to those who contracted the Covid-19, and having treated them until they fully recovered.

“Some of our Indonesian nationals living in Banteay Meanchey are Muslims. Therefore, if our Muslim nationals died because of Covid-19, please consider burying them, according to the Islamic faith, and health protocol”, Ambassador Sudirman said, referring to Cambodia’s policy to allow a deceased Muslim who died of Covid-19 pandemic to be buried.

“I also have met with Muslim leaders in Banteay Meanchey too, and asked for their help to bury our Muslim brothers and sisters if they died due to Covid-19,” he added.

The Ambassador also took to the opportunity to meet the Indonesians in the province besides leading his 15 strong embassy team to visit Poipet city on November 6 and 7 to provide on-site consular services, especially for Indonesians who could not make time to travel the eight to nine hours of journey to Phnom Penh although the embassy has some services accessible online.

During the two-day visit to Poipet, Ambassador Sudirman and his team also updated the Indonesians on labor and consular issues and other regulations related to health protocols and travel that might affect their status as foreigners in Cambodia.

“The Embassy personnel also provided them with a “consular clinic”. People can come and see them consult about citizen service, protection of their rights, including passport services,” he added.

Ambassador Sudirman said that this was an opportunity they took to inform all Indonesian nationals of the importance of them conforming with all laws and regulations of the Cambodian government especially in relation to immigration and health protocols.

“Any act of disobedience done by Indonesian nationals would paint the country (Indonesia) in a bad picture”,” he emphasized.

The visits to the province used to be part of the Embassy’s regular program but had to be temporarily shelved due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With the government opening up the various sectors and lifting the travel restrictions, the Embassy is able to resume its services to its people here.