Published: Monday February 11, 2013 MYT 8:14:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 11, 2013 MYT 9:34:45 PM
DPM arrives in Jakarta for two-day visit
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
JAKARTA: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrived in Jakarta Monday for a two-day working visit to the Indonesian capital.
He will be attending a dinner with Malaysian citizens at the Grand Hyatt Hotel here on Monday night.
He is also expected to launch the Malaysia Hall Jakarta at Jalan Hos Cokroaminoto, Central Jakarta, as well as giving a speech at the Global Moderates Movement roundtable forum on Tuesday.
Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin Hassan said Muhyiddin's visit is aimed at forging closer bilateral ties between the two countries.
"The opening of the Malaysia Hall Jakarta is also a sign of close ties between the two governments.
"It also demonstrates how Indonesia welcomes Malaysia's presense in the country," he told a press conference.
He added the Global Moderates Movement roundtable forum gathers a number of Islamic intelect and academics from Malaysia and Indonesia to discuss on the global academic and Islamic development.
As part of his trip, Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, is expected to present financial aid to Malaysian students in Jakarta and Makassar, who were involved in recent floods during the dinner with Malaysian citizens on Monday night.
Muhyiddin will be accompanied by his wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman as well as Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin during the trip.