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Jakarta Post

Vietnamese refugee camp still open

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Sat, August 1 2009   /  02:20 pm

The Batam Industrial Development Authority (BIDA) is making efforts to prevent the closure of a Vietnamese refugee camp on Galang island, as requested by the Vietnamese government. The Foreign Ministry and the Culture and Tourism Ministry are slated to visit the island in August to conduct a feasibility study in order to give the Vietnamese an update on the current condition of the former refugee camp, which has since become a tourist attraction in Batam. BIDA spokesman Dwi Djoko Wiwoho told The Jakarta Post on Friday that representatives from the ministries would visit the camp on Aug. 5 to seek input and make observations, and consider whether it would be appropriate or not to agree to the Vietnamese government's request to close the place. "In principle, the BIDA does not want the former refugee camp to be closed because tour operators, local residents, visitors and a ...