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From: J Ballinger (jeffreyd@mindspring.com)
Date: Tue Jan 30 2001 - 09:10:30 EST


second half of story is about maids to mid-East

The Jakarta Post
December 23, 2000

Malaysia to deport 110,000 illegal migrant workers

JAKARTA (JP): Malaysian authorities will gradually deport a total of 110,000
Indonesian workers illegally working in the country in the coming months.

Vivi Aryanti Pancaweda, director of labor protection at the Ministry of
Manpower and Transmigration, said on Friday that the workers currently in
detention camps in Malaysia would be deported in phases.

"Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to share the cost of the deportation and
Tjepy F. Aloewi, director general of labor placement at the ministry, is
leaving for Kuala Lumpur to ascertain how the illegal workers will be
repatriated," she told The Jakarta Post by telephone.

Around 2,500 people were returned to Indonesia last week, in the first phase
of deportation, on Indonesian ferries via the Belawan seaport in North
Sumatra. The second phase would be conducted before the Idul Fitri holiday
and the third phase in January.

"Those illegal migrant workers to be deported before the Idul Fitri holiday
will be transported by several Navy's warships," she said.

An estimated 600,000 Indonesians work in numerous sectors in Malaysia of
which close to half of them are believed to have entered the country
illegally. "More than 200 labor export companies have been found guilty

Sanctions

Separately, Tjepy said the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration would make
a list of violations committed by labor exporters this year before imposing
sanctions on them.

"More than 200 labor export companies have been found guilty of ignoring the
more than 650 troubled workers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi and
several other companies have extorted workers whom they had sent to Taiwan,"
he said.

He warned that all violations would be noted and companies with major
violations would no longer be allowed to operate.

"The revocation of licenses is the maximum penalty permitted by the 1999
ministerial decree on labor export," he said, adding that so far, the
government had never imposed the maximum penalty on companies committing
violations.

This year Indonesia exported a total of 376,451 workers to eight countries
and recorded a total remittance of Rp 9.4 trillion (US$990 million).

The workers' were sent to Malaysia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab
Emirates, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. (rms)

Jeff Ballinger
E- 502
75 Cambridge Pkwy.
Cambridge, MA 02142
617 496-6423


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