Rudi Chua Disapproves That Sri Bintan Port Pura Is Pointed as PMI’s Return Entrance
Tanjungpinang, Batamnews - The plan of the central Covid-19 Task Force to repatriate Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) via the Sri Bintan Pura port was opposed by a member of the Riau Islands DPRD, Rudi Chua.
Rudi considered it inappropriate and dangerous. According to him, the port does not yet have complete facilities, especially in efforts to prevent and supervise the spread of the entry of the new variant of the Covid-19 to Indonesia.
"We know that the current condition of the Tanjungpinang Port has not been able to prevent the new variant," said Rudi, Wednesday (22/9/2021).
According to him, Tanjungpinang does not yet have a PCR laboratory. All this time, to find out the results of the RT-PCR, they had to send them to Batam.
"But, if Tanjungpinang is appointed as the entry point for PMI, it should be equipped with prevention support tools first. And don't charge it entirely to the regions," he said.
Rudi emphasized that the central Covid-19 Task Force should have appointed Lagoi Port as the entry point for the repatriation of PMIs. Moreover, the port already has complete facilities and also has its PCR equipment.
TKI repatriation so far can be done by sea, some through Teluk Libung Port, Medan, Dumai Port, Riau, and Karimun.
"While now it is only charged to Batam and Tanjungpinang. Of course, this needs to be re-evaluated by the regional government to be conveyed to the center," he hoped.
The Governor of Riau Islands, Ansar Ahmad, asked that the repatriation of Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) remains as before, not only in Batam.
This was conveyed by Ansar Ahmad in front of the Indonesian Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi during the Coordination Meeting for the Handling of Repatriation of PMI (Indonesian Migrant Workers) through the Batam Entrance, Thursday (16/9/2021) at Hang Nadim Airport, Batam.
"We ask the Minister of Transportation that the repatriation of PMI will remain two doors as before, namely via Batam and Tanjungpinang. It is not concentrated in Batam alone," said Ansar.
Based on the Decree of the Head of the Covid-19 Task Force Number 13 of 2021, the Head of the Covid-19 Task Force Lt. Gen. Garnip Warsito set ports in Batam and Tanjungpinang as entry points, quarantine places, and RT-PCR obligations for Indonesian citizens traveling internationally.
This includes Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) or TKI, students, and government employees who return to Indonesia.