The Jakarta Post
The Manpower Ministry has said 18 foreign workers from China had been detained for questioning by immigration authorities after an unannounced inspection of a local company in Bogor, West Java, found that the workers had allegedly breached their work permits.
The inspection, held on Wednesday evening at the PT Huaxing compound, found that the company, which engages in steel smelting, employs 38 workers from China. Although all the foreign workers have work and stay permits, 18 of them are indicated to have breached the conditions of their work permits.
Some of them have been assigned to a position that is different from the specified occupation in their permits. For example, there was an electrical technician who worked as a marketer. There was also an employee whose work permit only permitted him to work in Tangerang, Banten, but he was working in Bogor
“Those who were indicated to have violated their work permit conditions were taken into custody by the Bogor immigration office for questioning,” Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri said, as quoted by kompas.com.
Hanif said the investigation would determine the specific offenses they had committed, with sanctions ranging from fines to possible deportation.
He said the Chinese nationals had worked for PT Huaxing for between two months and a year and lived in a dormitory provided by the company. (win/hwa)
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