Investments Hampered by Talks of Repatriating Ex-ISIS Indonesians

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  • A camp of ex-ISIS Indonesians in Al-Hawl, Syria, May 23, 2019. TEMPO/Hussein Abri Dongoram

    A camp of ex-ISIS Indonesians in Al-Hawl, Syria, May 23, 2019. TEMPO/Hussein Abri Dongoram

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Provincial Government Association (APPSI) concedes that the government’s plan to repatriate Indonesians in Syria, who are former ISIS militants, has disrupted the country's business and investment climate. 

    “Business people affiliated ISIS to bombs and violence. On one side, the business industry and investors yearn for the guarantee of security and convenience,” said APPSI deputy chair Sarman Simanjorang on Friday, February 7.

    He argued that the view of welcoming repatriated former ISIS Indonesians from Syria would have a psychological effect on the interests shown by businesses and investors toward investing in Indonesia. 

    He asked the Indonesian government to take careful steps in deciding the livelihood of Indonesians who have notably decided to abandon the country to join ISIS. “Our hopes as business players is for the government to quickly produce a policy that would not prolong current rumors.”

    FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA