The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Monday purchased a building for the Indonesian Consulate General in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, to serve around 320,000 Indonesian citizens living in the area.
The signing of the purchase was witnessed by the ministry’s secretary-general, Mayerfas, director of general affairs bureau M.K. Koba and Indonesia’s consul general in Johor Bahru, Haris Nugroho.
"The building had to be designed in such a way for the maximum convenience of Indonesian citizens," Mayerfas said in a statement Monday.
An average of 500 Indonesian citizens are estimated to come to the office in in Johor Baru every day for various services, including passport renewals, issuing travel documents in lieu of passports, processing legalization of employment contracts and other various certificates.
In addition to offices, the consulate general in Johor Bahru is equipped with a clinic, a temporary shelter and an Indonesian school for children of Indonesian migrant workers.
Most Indonesians living in Johor Bahru work as migrant workers and are estimated to send home more than Rp 6 trillion in remittances annually.
The Foreign Ministry is targeting to purchase abut 10 buildings each year for its 130 Indonesian missions abroad. The purchases will be prioritized in countries with large concentrations of Indonesian citizens.
The Johor Baru Consulate General is one of the three consulate buildings that the government has purchased this year, after the Chicago Consulate General in the United States and the Tawau Consulate General in Malaysia.