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Indonesians encouraged

INDONESIAN community leaders in Bahrain are being brought in to encourage their people not to miss out on the amnesty for expatriate workers.

Consulate Third Secretary Ahmed Saifuddin said yesterday that no one had come forward for information about the amnesty since it came into force last Wednesday.

But he said staff were hoping that known community figures could help spread the word.

Around 8,000 Indonesians work in Bahrain, 90 per cent of who are housemaids, while the rest work in the hospitality industry or are employed as mechanics. Consular officials estimate that up to 300 people may eventually take advantage of the amnesty.

"We have informed the Indonesian community members to tell their friends and family that people can report to the consular office in the Seef area," said Mr Saifuddin.

"We have three staff members here who are ready to handle any problems and assist Indonesians who come to us through the police or the General Directorate of Nationality Passports and Residency (GDNPR)."



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