Indonesia has been pushing for greater local use of edible oil-based biodiesel to cut its fossil fuel import bill and create more demand for palm oil, of which it is the world’s biggest producer and exporter followed by Malaysia. (Reuters Photo/Samsul Said)

Police in W. Kalimantan Arrest Six Malaysia-bound Indonesian Illegal Migrant Workers


MAY 23, 2015

Jakarta. Local authorities in West Kalimantan have arrested six Indonesian illegal migrant workers heading to Sarawak, Malaysia, an officer said on Saturday.

“The six Indonesian migrant workers, who are from Lombok [in West Nusa Tenggara], tried to cross borders via Border Check Point Post in Entikong on Friday evening, but cops thwarted and arrested them,” said Andi Kusuma Irfandi, a coordinator at Entikong’s Migrant Worker Placement and Protection Service Post (P4TKI), as quoted by state news agency Antara.

Andi said the six were nabbed after they failed to provide complete identification papers, such as working visa and the country’s migrant workers ID card, also known as KTKLN.

“According to their statements, they were hired by a guy called Kasim and were going to work at a palm oil plantation in Sibu, Malaysia,” said Andi.

The six workers are currently in the custody of West Kalimantan’s Social Agency as they await to be returned to their homes, said Andi.

Salam, one of the migrant workers, said that his group had each paid up Rp 3.5 million ($266) to work in Malaysia.

“We were promised that we would work at a palm oil company in Malaysia and get a big amount of salary. However, we have not met Kasim,” Salam said.

According to a data from the P4TKI, 55 Malaysia-bound Indonesian migrant workers have been prevented to enter the neighboring country since the beginning of the year.