BPIP Encourages Maximum Police to Reveal Syndicate of Indonesian Migrant Workers

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Staf Khusus Ketua Dewan Pengarah BPIP Romo Antonius Benny Susetyo dan Anggota Dewan Pengarah BPIP Rikard Bagun bersama Kepala Badan Perlindungan Pekerja Migran Indonesia (BP2MI) Benny Rhamdani saat mengadakan diskusi. (Istimewa)
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NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – The Pancasila Ideology Development Board (BPIP) encourages the Police or other law enforcement to uncover the Indonesian Migrant Workers Syndicate (PMI) to the fullest.

Because based on data from the Indonesian Migrant Protection Workers Agency (BP2MI) the practice of indonesian migrant syndicates is increasingly rampant.

Member of the Board of Directors of BPIP, Rikard Bagun said, regulations or regulations related to migrant workers should be able to protect PMI from the trap of syndicates, but according to senior journalists the reality is very different.

“Law enforcement has not been able to protect migrant workers from migrant worker syndicates,” he said during a discussion of the Indonesian Migrant Workers Mafia at Rumah Budaya Nusantara (RKN) Saturday, April 17, 2021

On the same occasion, Special Staff chairman of the Board of Directors of BPIP Father Antonius Benny Susetyo said the eradication of migrant worker syndicates became a necessity that must be done immediately to build public awareness.

The culture also agreed that the government strengthens BP2MI as a state tool to protect its citizens working abroad.

“The institution is under the president and released from the Ministry of Manpower, and given a sufficient budget to strengthen the protection of labor, because this is the actualization of Pancasila second and fifth precepts,” he hoped.

Head of The Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Agency (BP2MI) Benny Rhamdani admitted that from January 1, 2020 to March 15 this year, BP2MI has handled 178 thousand Indonesian migrant workers who returned to the country.

“They are workers who have been out of contract, repatriated due to the pandemic, and a number of other reasons,” he said.

“The PMI also experienced placement problems during this pandemic, after opening a complaint channel throughout the year, SBMI recorded 643 cases of entry”, he continued.

A total of 75.74 percent indicated non-procedural placements. Most cases are experienced by women. The percentage is 53.6 percent. As for men, 46.35 percent.

Mafia practices or touts the placement of migrant workers thrive because of the high demand for better job opportunities abroad. Therefore, Benny mentions, the delivery of illegal migrant workers as a dirty business is very tempting.

“One PMI that was sent illegally, they (syndicate) can get Rp 20 million,” he said.

The syndicate is controlled by a handful of people with defenders who have attributes of power. Both from the private sector, as well as the state apparatus. They captured potential victims to the corners of the area.

People are lured by large salaries and various conveniences to become illegal workers. In fact, these illegal workers will be off the radar of state protection.

“Because the state doesn’t know where they come from, where they work, and as what,” Benny said.

He also said they were more vulnerable to bad work situations. Factors such as increasingly heavy workloads, wage cuts, no holidays, and difficulty getting together, especially organizing, will often be experienced by these illegal migrant workers.

He even exemplified one of the victims of this syndicate, Sugiyem. The woman from Pati fared tragically. He lost both his eyes and his skin blistered as a result of being ironed by his employer.

“This evil of humanity must end if we are to become sinners before God. One day we will be held accountable for what we do,” he said.

Inevitably, the country is dragged into this. Because, even though these illegal migrant workers are not registered, the state still has to guarantee legal protection for Indonesian citizens.

“The mafia practice of migrant workers is a very serious problem, where the state must attend and provide protection for its citizens,” he said.

Meanwhile, legal practitioner Petrus Selestinus assessed, the eradication of migrant worker syndicates has not been carried out to the maximum.

According to him, the members of the syndicate who were arrested were only the perpetrators in the field. While the brains behind the syndicate have not been touched. (sir/lna)