Dr. M. Hadi Shubhan., S.H., M.H., CN., (in the middle) and Prof. Dr. Bagong Suyanto, Drs., M.Si., (left) speaking about foreign workers in Indonesia. (Photo: Nuri Hermawan)
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UNAIR NEWS – The problem of foreign workers (TKA) in Indonesia is no longer a serious issue. That was stated by Vice Rector IV Universitas Airlangga Junaidi Khotib, S.Si., M.Kes., Ph.D., when opening a Focus Group Discussion on foreign worker problems in Indonesia and the solutions, on Wednesday, August 9.

The event held in collaboration of Special Committee TKA DPD RI and Universitas Airlangga was led by two experts in their field. They were Dr. M. Hadi Shubhan., S.H., M.H., CN., Labor Law expert from Faculty of Law and Prof. Dr. Bagong Suyanto, Drs., M.Si., a professor of Economical Sociology Faculty of Social and Political Sciences.

Regarding the foreign workers problem in Indonesia, Hadi opened the discussion by stated that the free entry the foreign workers made in MEA era is not true. He said that they can only work in Indonesia as skilled labor.

“It is not true if with MEA all foreign workers can get in. They have to meet the requirements and regulations. If there was a case of Chinese foreign workers that was illegal,” he explained.

Hadi explained that foreign workers invasion is inevitable, either because of globalization or investments. For Hadi, TKA in Indonesia have positive and negative impacts.

“The positive impacts, they can increase investment, revenue and transfer or know-how and technology and multiplier effect. The negative impacts, their coming decreases the local workers, sovereignty and social disparity,” stated Hadi, who is also the Director of Student Affairs.

Prof. Bagong said that it is another issue for Indonesia as mostly they are illegal. He believed that their coming decreases the opportunity for local workers and it disrupts the improvement of people prosperity and the eradication of poverty.

“Their invasion, especially the illegal one will make our workforce unemployed,”

With low purchasing ability and investment climate, independent business or enterprises reinforcement is a real solution to develop.

“The problem is how to change the mindset that small people have low work ethics, wasteful and distrustful,” he stated. (*)

Author : Nuri Hermawan

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