Malaysia-Bound Migrant Workers Detained in NTT

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

FEBRUARY 05, 2015

Jakarta. East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) public order agency, or Satpol PP, has detained 35 Malaysia-bound migrant workers in Kupang for not having correct legal documents.

The workers from Malaka district were arrested during a raid on Wednesday, said John Hawula, the head of NTT Satpol PP.

“Two of the migrant workers were underage,” John told Tempo.co on Thursday.

The workers told authorities they planned to cross into Malaysia — a favorite destination for Indonesian migrant workers — from Kalimantan.

“I want to go there to be a maid like my sibling,” Siridus, one of the illegal migrant workers said.

The group, who have been held for questioning, will be handed over to the Manpower and Transportation Department to be sent home, John said.

Each year hundreds of thousands of Indonesian workers travel abroad to work.

Data from the National Agency for the Protection and Placement of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) suggested about four million workers left Indonesia to work between 2006 and 2012. The ILO estimated the number of undocumented workers to be two to four times higher.

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