TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said she will soon coordinate with the Chinese Ambassador to discuss the fate of Chinese workers in Indonesia following the coronavirus outbreak, which was first emerged in China.
“We will invite the Ambassador to Indonesia tomorrow (February 4) so that workers will have no worries to work here and those who are on vacation in their hometown should just follow the applicable procedure,” said Ida at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Building on Monday, February 3.
According to Ida, the presence of migrant workers from China in the archipelago would not be a problem. Albeit the current spread of the virus pandemic, the minister asserted that she would not prevent them from returning home.
“We are not hindering them from returning to their country. But what must be anticipated is those who had a vacation and are willing to go back here. They will be put under the same treatment [as the evacuees] based on the standard of the Health Ministry,” Ida underlined.
Ida went on to say that her side was also coordinating with the Law and Human Rights Ministry to discuss the expired visa of the workers. “We will talk about the regulations in light of visa extensions, the time of the renewal or re-entry.”
At present, Ida recorded the number of Chinese workers in Indonesia reached some 40,000 people. Most of them work in Central Sulawesi, Banten, Jakarta, West Java, East Java, Maluku, and North Maluku.