Vice President Jusuf Kalla said he was aware of the presence of 17,000 Chinese laborers in Indonesia, but the number was incomparable with more than 2 millions of Indonesian citizens working abroad. (Antara Photo/Jessica Helena Wuysang)

17,000 Chinese Laborers in Indonesia Incomparable With 2 Million Indonesians Working Abroad: Kalla

BY :NOVI SETUNINGSIH & EKO PRASETYO

DECEMBER 23, 2016

Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said he was aware of the presence of 17,000 Chinese laborers in Indonesia, but the number was incomparable with more than 2 million Indonesians working abroad.

"Indeed, 17,000 [workers] are many, but not when compared with 2 million Indonesians working in Malaysia. Half of them might be there on tourist visas, but Malaysians don't mind it, because they need them," Kalla said in Jakarta on Friday (23/12).

According to the vice president, the Chinese workers are employed mostly in the infrastructure sector to build urgently needed power plants and smelteries, as Indonesian workers might not be able to master the technology, which originated in China, in a short time.

"The demand for electricity infrastructure is huge. If Indonesian workers are recruited, they should be trained first to learn the technology. If they need to be trained, then when will they complete [the projects]?" he added.

Kalla said the presence of Chinese laborers is also due to full project packages, in which construction works are supervised by Chinese engineers.

"Most of them are employed in the power sector. We receive complete packages for electricity projects; instructions are in Chinese, experts also come from China."

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