|Consulate General of Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia, Khrisna Djelani (centre), together with the Head of UMM Community Service Division, Ir. Alik Anshori Alamsyah, MT. (number two from left) (Photo: Special).|
A total of 26 students from the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) Community Service Program (KKN) arrived in Malaysia. The KKN students who came with the KKN Division Head of the Directorate of Research and Community Service at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (DPPM UMM) Ir. Alik Anshori Alamsyah, MT., Was welcomed by the Consulate General of Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia Khrisna Djelani.
In his Speech, Khrisna revealed, Malaysia was ready to accept the service of UMM KKN students with programs that had been designed including the education sector.
"Doing this community service program through KKN, later you will actively participate in the learning process at CLC (Community Learning Centre) schools that fostered children of Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) in Sabah, Malaysia. Also got a lot of learning, experience and special impression in interpreting 'nationalism' abroad. Take good care of yourself and make Indonesia proud, always carry a passport while you are abroad (Sabah, Malaysia), "Krishna advised.
In the city of the central government for the West Coast of Sabah, this country was estimated to have more than 600 thousand Indonesian citizens (WNI). This number was only an estimate of the various activities carried out by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) Kinabalu, Malaysia.
"There are only 151 thousand people registered in our office," Cahyono Rustam, Acting Social and Culture Information Function Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Kinabalu city, when giving a public lecture on the agenda of the Direction and Release of Community Service Program UMM even semester 2019/2020, Monday (6/1).
The average citizen who came was to Kinabalu city to work. Some were legal, had employers and work permits. There were also illegal in various illegal ways. "Every month, we facilitate the repatriation of Indonesian citizens by Malaysia. There are around 300 people, "he said.
Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI), the designation for migrant workers, not only work, but there were also those who got married and then had children. The majority of children born from the marriages of PMI did not have official certificates such as birth certificates. They married only on religious conditions.
In this case, the Indonesian Consulate General was tasked with endeavouring to produce various commensurate certificates for the children of PMI. For education, PMI children cannot attend Malaysian government schools. This was related to the law owned by Malaysia. "For foreigners who have an income of under 5,000 Malaysian ringgit, their children cannot be sent to public schools," he said.
This situation made the government through the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Kinabalu city initiated various methods for the education of PMI children so that they would continue to receive knowledge. Indonesia was negotiating with the Malaysian government to establish alternative schools. This negotiation was successful, Indonesia got permission to establish an alternative school. The enthusiasm of Indonesian citizens was great. At the first establishment, there were only 1,000 students studying.
"I think this program must continue to be sustainable. Alhamdulillah, the consul general also welcomed this activity. Moreover, our goal here was to educate Indonesian children. As for the focus, it is in the field of education by placement in CLC," said the Chair UMM DPPM KKN Division Ir. Alik Anshori Alamsyah, MT. (win)