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Malaysians Advised to Steer Clear of Jakarta on Friday

A demonstration against the city’s governor is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Malaysians Advised to Steer Clear of Jakarta on Friday
Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, has advised Malaysians to stay away from Jakarta on Friday to avoid getting trapped in a demonstration against the city’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.

In the event that any Malaysians are already in Jakarta, it is strongly advised that you steer clear of areas around the National Monument, Istiqal Mosque, Balaikota (City Hall), Tangerang and Bekasi. As for those who can’t avoid heading to the Indonesian city during the demonstration day, you should register with the embassy through the online e-consular service at the portal, Zahrain told Bernama.

Should you need additional information or assistance, kindly do not hesitate to contact the Embassy of Malaysia at +62 215 224 947 or +62 813 8081 3036 during office hours. “Please note that the immigration counter at the embassy will be closed on Friday”, he added.

Over 100,000 people are expected to participate in the large-scale demonstration according to the Indonesian authorities. The protest is aimed at the city governor, also known as Ahok, as Indonesians are calling for legal action to be taken against him after he had allegedly insulted the Quran during an election campaign at Pulau Seribu last month. It is reported that there are approximately 202.9 million Muslim citizens currently residing in Indonesia.

Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Image: