The Malaysian state of Sabah will open 22 learning centers for the children of Indonesian migrant workers, an Indonesia-Malaysia joint commission announced on Wednesday.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty M. Natalegawa and Malaysian Foreign Minister Sri Anifah H. Aman hashed out the agreement during a meeting of the Indonesia-Malaysia Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation in Yogyakarta.
“Twenty-two learning centers for the children of Indonesian migrant workers have been approved so that the opportunity for them to enjoy education opens wider,” Marty said in a press release announcing the agreement.
The neighboring countries will also work to better protect their citizens abroad, a hot-button issue in Indonesia where migrant workers in Malaysia often run afoul of local laws.
Next year’s meeting will be held in Malaysia, Marty said.