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Jakarta Post

Govt directs army to compile data on foreign workers

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 6 2018   /  01:24 am

The Indonesian Army will soon carry out President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s instruction to compile data on the number of foreign workers across the country, in a move that has sparked concern the military’s role may creep into areas beyond defense.

The President, the highest ranking Indonesian Military (TNI) commander, recently called for the army’s territorial units to compile data on the number of foreign workers in the areas they are assigned to, following allegations of a massive influx of Chinese workers.

Army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Candra Wijaya has confirmed the instruction. “The army will order the military’s subdistrict commands [Koramil] and district commands [Kodim] to compile data on foreign workers in their respective regions,” he told The Jakarta Post.

The army, Candra said, would coordinate with relevant authorities, including the Immigr...