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Editorial: TKI for sale, rape?

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 13 2012   /  09:59 am

The circulation of leaflets stating “Indonesian maids now on sale” in Kuala Lumpur early this month may not incite widespread anger here, but a report of an Indonesian migrant worker gang-raped by three policemen in the Malaysian state of Penang is a far more serious matter the neighboring country needs to address.

The case, although it might happen to only one of about 2 million Indonesian migrant workers (TKI) employed in Malaysia both legally and illegally, will risk straining bilateral ties between the two countries if not settled in a way that satisfies the Indonesian public and the government.

Such a potential for a new diplomatic row is apparent now that the Indonesian government has condemned the alleged rape and demanded strict enforcement of the law to make sure the three officers, if found guilty, receive the most severe punishment. Indonesia will issue a dip...