Malaysia Deports 131 Problematic Indonesian Migrant Workers
A total of 131 problematic Indonesian migrant workers have been deported from Malaysia on Sunday, June 27.
“The deportation of the second batch vulnerable group comprising 131 problematic Indonesian migrant workers have arrived in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 2 pm local time by national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia,” an official at the Manpower Ministry Suhartono told Kompas.com.
The migrant workers comprised 61 men and 67 women, including an expectant mother and two sick persons. But, they were given fit-to-fly certificates for travel. The group also comprised three toddlers.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said initially the deportation of the second batch comprised 148 people. But, 17 people were not allowed to travel due to health problems.
The repatriation cost was borne by Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, using the budget for protecting the Indonesian citizens. Meanwhile, the repatriation to the areas of origin will be handled by the Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) and the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Suhartono said upon arrival at the airport, the migrant workers will strictly follow the health protocols, including undergoing quarantine for five days at the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran emergency hospital for Covid-19 patients in Central Jakarta.