The Jakarta Post
The Batam Immigration office’s foreigners supervision team has just conducted a joint operation to supervise the activities of expatriates passing through the waters of Batam in Riau islands.
The office conducted the latest edition of the operation, involving 300 personnel on six ships, on Sept. 5. The operation was also joined by members of the Immigration Office, the Navy, the Indonesian Maritime Security Task Force, National Police, the Customs and Excise Office and the National Prosecutors Office.
The event was inaugurated by Immigration Director General Ronny F. Sompie.
Batam’s waters are one of the routes that foreigners take to travel in and out of Indonesia.
“The joint operation seeks to prevent transnational crime in our border areas such as in Batam, near the waters of Belakang Padang and others,” Ronny said.
Immigration supervision covers law enforcement – in terms of its administrative matters as well as punitive sanctions – in order to regulate the entry and exit of foreigners in and out of Indonesia.
The joint operation is in line with Law No. 6/2011 on Immigration as well as Presidential Regulation No. 125/2016 on how to manage refugees from abroad that cross through Indonesia via Batam’s waters.
The Immigration Office regularly conducts the joint operation to supervise the flow of foreigners through Indonesian territory.
“The program also helps coordination among the institutions responsible for supervising these foreigners’ activities in Batam,” Ronny added.