More than 200 Bali migrant workers who were scheduled to receive Covid-19 vaccines before going back to work in cruise ships have fallen victim to illegal fees and deception from an official federation.
The President Director of Ratu Oceania Raya Bali Ltd, I Nengah Yasa Adi Susanto admitted that hundreds of migrant workers from his company were extorted by people from the Indonesian Seafarer Federation (KPI).
“The people from KPI extorted our migrant workers who registered themselves to receive Covid-19 vaccines as a requirement before going back to work in cruise ships,” said Susanto on Saturday (20/3).
He explained that KPI asked the workers to pay USD 1,04 (IDR 15,000) per person in order to receive the vaccine in Denpasar. Governor Koster had also affirmed that the migrant workers were targeted to receive the vaccine. “The governor has stated that migrant workers are expected to receive Covid-19 vaccine on the second phase for free before they go back to work overseas” Susanto added.
Additionally, the provincial government has provided a free online registration in order to receive the vaccine through the official Bali Labor Agency’s website.
Apart from the extortion case, Susanto also found a prevention protocol violation during the registration process that was held by the KPI on Jepun Park. “We also indicated a violation of our prevention protocols during the registration process that was held by KPI as they gathered many people at the same time neglecting the physical distancing rule during this partial lockdown” Susanto concluded.