Wed, 09 Mar 2005

People applying for passports drops

JAMBI, Jambi: The number of people applying for passports at the Jambi Immigration Office has decreased from 20 people per day to an average 10 people after the March 1 crackdown on illegal workers in Malaysia, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Zardianto, a spokesman from Jambi Immigration Office, said that fewer people were applying for passports there since the government set up a one-stop service in Dumai, Riau province, for Indonesian migrant workers wishing to process Malaysian work permits and immigration documents.

Separately, Arpan, an official at the Manpower and Transmigration Office in Jambi province, explained that Jambi had obtained 500 job orders from Malaysia since Malaysia began cracking down on illegal workers on March 1. -- JP