Thursday, October 19, 2006

Deaths of Migrant Workers Increase

Wednesday, 18 October, 2006 | 14:31 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Migrant Care has recorded that this year the death rate of Indonesian migrant workers has increased a lot.

Up until this month, 306 cases of deceased migrant workers have been listed.

“The bodies of many dead migrant workers have not yet been returned to Indonesia,” said policy analyst of Migrant Care, Wahyu Susilo, yesterday (10/17) during a press conference in Jakarta.

Wahyu explained the bodies not yet returned included: Maryati of Pencol Randusongo, Ngawi, who died in Malaysia; Nur Fuat of Kendal, Central Java, who died in Korea; and Ipik Tri Haryanti of Karanganyar, Central Java, who died in Japan.

The death rate of Indonesian workers in Singapore who fell from high buildings also increased by 17 percent.

The latest case, Wahyu explained, was the mass rape, robbery and torture of an Indonesian worker by three young Malaysian men.

However, neither the Indonesian Embassy nor the government has reacted regarding this case.

“The government has also failed in the handling of deported workers from Malaysia,” he said.

According to Wahyu, up until 12 October, 12,000 thousand Indonesian workers have been arrested by Malaysian immigration authorities.

Terminal 3 at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport is still full of extortion and deceit.

In fact, in April 2005, the Department of Manpower and Transmigration banned workers from being picked up by their families.

Wahyu said that the building of a special lounge for Indonesian workers in Terminal 2 at Soekarno-Hatta Airport was also a place of extortion and deceit.

“A week after this had been announced by the President, Aay Maryam as well as Budi Warsana were deceived when exchanging money,” said Wahyu.

Nur Aini


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