Police to Probe Rumor About Illegal Chinese Laborers

The National Police have confirmed plans on Monday (26/12) to investigate a rumor circulating on social media about millions of Chinese laborers working in Indonesia illegally. (Reuters Photo/Thomas Peter)

By : Dhania Putri Sarahtika | on 8:42 PM December 26, 2016
Category : News, Labor

Jakarta. The National Police have confirmed plans to investigate a rumor circulating on social media about millions of Chinese laborers working in Indonesia illegally.

"It is not just that particular issue. We will investigate any false information on social media that has caused public unrest and led to fragmented thinking," National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Rikwanto said in Jakarta on Monday (26/12). "We have a cyber army that patrols and keeps an eye on false information on social media."

Rikwanto added that from all the different rumors, the police are currently focusing on the one related to illegal Chinese laborers to find out where it originated.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla previously provided an explanation of the matter by stating that there are about 17,000 Chinese laborers working legally in Indonesia, which he said was not a significant number compared to the 2 million Indonesians working in Malaysia and thousands more in various other countries.

Kalla also recently confirmed that the government will review its visa-free policy to ensure that no tourists abuse the policy and steal employment opportunities.

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