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Minister says ban on workers to Middle East still in place

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 12 2013   /  09:56 am

The government said on Monday that the ban on migrant workers heading to Middle Eastern countries remained in place, and added that it would take action against those who breached the policy.

Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said the government would not lift the moratorium on sending housemaids to the Middle East until destination countries in the region signed a labor protection agreement with Indonesia. The moratorium has been effective since June 2011.

Speaking before hundreds of job seekers in Tasikmalaya, West Java on Monday about the sending abroad of qualified workers, he said the government would not issue working permits for those wanting to work in the Middle East. The government would also place harsh sanctions on labor exporters and unauthorized agencies supplying women workers to countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, ...