15 Chinese nationals deported

Palangka Raya, C Kalimantan (ANTARA News) - The Central Kalimantan provincial immigration office deported 15 Chinese nationals employed in several large palm oil companies in South Barito district for abusing their visas.

Some of the Chinese nationals were deported to their country via Tjilik Riwut in Central Kalimantan, while others were handed over to the Directorate General of Immigration in Jakarta for further questioning, head of the provincial immigration office, Muhammad Yanis, said here on Thursday.

The immigration office began to crack down on large palm oil companies in South Barito district on November 16 to see whether they employed foreign nationals, he stated.

Yanis added that the 15 Chinese nationals worked and stayed in the district for two to four months before they were deported to their country.

The immigration office head further pointed out that the Chinese nationals entered Indonesia on tourist visas.

"We have imposed a six-month ban on the 15 Chinese nationals from visiting Indonesia. Their identities are being kept at the provincial immigration office," he noted.

Moreover, Yanis warned any company in the province against employing foreign nationals who abuse their visas.

Such abuse of visas inflicts a state loss of US$100 per month per person, he remarked.(*)