The border disputes between Indonesia and Malaysia have always been a fire in a husk, which anytime can burst. Border disputes do not only involve the governments of both countries. Border problems exposed in the mass media have always raised the spirit of nationalism and anti- Malaysia sentiments. If left unchecked, these will worsen the problem and damage the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
For the Indonesian people, the current border disputes are like opening an old wound. It is still vivid in our minds when Indonesia lost Sipadan and Ligitan islands in 2002 through the mechanisms of the International Court. The issue of border disputes then continued with Malaysia’s claim over the Ambalat Block in 2005 and 2009.
Even though the cases of Ambalat and also of the nine OBPs have not been clearly solved, similar issues are now emerging again. The issues include the areas of Camar Bulan, Temajuk Village, District Paloh, and Tanjung Datu district of Sambas, West Kalimantan.
This edition of the Indonesian Update raises a main theme on the border disputes over Tanjung Datu and Camar Bulan.
This edition of the Indonesian Update also raises some important topics in the political and social fields. On politics, it discusses the deficit of political regeneration and the role of the civil society. On social affairs, it talks about cities and climate change, the crime trends in Jakarta, and the revision of Food Law.
The regular publication of the Indonesian Update with its actual themes is expected to help policy makers in the government and the business sector, academicians, and international think tanks get actual information and contextual analyses on economic, political, social, and cultural developments in Indonesia.