DPR Urges Government to Maximize TKI Protection

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Friday, March 23 2018 - 14:00 IWST

Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (foto Okezone.com)
Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (foto Okezone.com)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo reminded the Indonesian government to be able to protect hundreds of Indonesian workers (migrant workers) from the threat of capital punishment in some countries.

"Migrant Care data records that there are 202 migrant workers who are threatened with death sentence in some destination countries for labor migrants," said Bambang Soesatyo, in Jakarta on Thursday (22/3/2018).

According to Bambang, efforts to save labor migrants facing capital punishment require the involvement of many parties from government and private institutions, especially in legal assistance.

Government and private institutions, among others, the Ministry of Manpower (Kemenaker), National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI), Migrant Care Indonesia, and Private Placement Officers (PPTKIS).

"It takes synergic coordination from these institutions to provide maximum legal assistance and protection for TKI who face legal cases in the destination country," he said.

The Golkar Party politician also encourages the Ministry of Manpower to improve the oversight of the departure procedures of Indonesian labor migrants, as some of the troubled Indonesian migrant workers are illegal.

Former Chairman of Commission III of the House also asked the Ministry of Manpower to. Consider the creation of a memorandum of understanding or memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the destination countries for the placement of labor migrants.

Thus, he said, the Government of Indonesia can strengthen security oversight for overseas workers.

"We ask the Government to continue to negotiate bilaterally to destination countries of TKI, in order to create better system of governance and protection of TKI," he said.

Bambang added that the Ministry of Manpower should increase supervision on PPTKIS companies, so that only TKI who meet the standards and qualifications are sent to destination countries.

Bamsoet also expects the Government to cooperate with Migrant Care Indonesia, as well as receive existing inputs, to provide maximum protection for the workers.

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