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Remains of fallen migrant workers returned to Indonesia

The Jakarta Post, Indonesia, 25 December 2021 - Malaysian authorities have returned the remains of 11 people who died in a boat accident on Dec. 15 off the coast of Johor Bahru, Malaysia to the Indonesian counterpart in Batam, Riau Islands, on Thursday.

The National Police’s bureau head of international mission Brig. Gen. Krishna Murti said Thursday that the remains, suspected to be of undocumented migrants traveling to Malaysia, would be identified at the Riau Islands Bhayangkara Police Hospital in Batam.

Following the identification process, the Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) will return them to their hometowns, said BP2MI deputy Insp. Gen.

Achmad Kartiko. Achmad called on Indonesian migrant workers who are looking to work in Malaysia to be careful about people smugglers.

“If any citizens find brokers who offer to facilitate illegal passage to Malaysia, they should report [the brokers] to the authorities. Because crimes against Indonesian migrant workers are extraordinary crimes,” said Achmad.



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