Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dead worker's body remains in Taiwan

The Jakarta Post
National News - April 11, 2007

JAKARTA: A poor couple from the East Java town of Blitar have called on the government to repatriate the body of their daughter, Eka Yuanita, who died at her workplace in Taiwan on March 1.

Expressing his anger about the silence from relevant authorities, Eka's father Mudjito said both the government and the newly-established National Labor Export and Protection Agency (BNP2TKI) had failed to take responsibility for the case.

"One month and nine days after the information on her death reached us, my daughter's corpse is still in Taiwan and we are seeking a guarantee on when the body will be repatriated and information on the cause of her death," he said.

Eka, who worked as a housemaid for a Taiwanese family, was found dead in the house of her employer with electrocution wounds on her legs.

Executive director of Migrant Care, Anis Hidayah, who is helping Mudjito to seek information on the case, called on the government to coordinate with PT Danamon Wahana Tenaga Kerja, who sent Eka to Taiwan in September 2006, to bring her body home, investigate the death and pay the victim's insurance claims.

BNP2TKI Chairman Jumhur Hidayat was not available to comment on the incident.

According to Migrant Care's data, at least nine Indonesian workers, mostly females, have died overseas during the past four months. -- JP


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