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The Indonesian ambassador to Singapore on Wednesday handed over almost 326,500 Singapore dollars ($213,832) in insurance claims from Singaporean labor agencies to relatives of six migrant workers who were killed in work-related accidents while working for Singaporean employers in 2007 and 2008.
Wardana, who met the beneficiaries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta, said the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore had tried hard to settle the claims quickly, but lengthy legal procedures meant that some beneficiaries had to wait more than six months before receiving their claims.
The six migrant workers were identified as Gustati and Lili Sudiyana, Edi Sulistyo, Didik Prasetyo Edi, Hassanudin and Agustinus Manurung.
Gustati and Lili, who were both domestic helpers, died after falling out of the windows of their employers’ high rise apartment units.
Edi, Didik, Hassanudin and Agustinus, who were sailors, died in sea accidents.
Wardana said that after the accidents happened, the Singaporean Police opened an investigation to determine the cause of death of the workers. Only after a hearing at the coroner’s court and further administrative procedures did authorities issue a letter declaring the cause of death.
“The embassy was able to claim the insurance only after receiving that letter,” he said.
The beneficiaries received between 10,000 and 111,000 Singapore dollars each.
Singapore is home to tens of thousands of Indonesian workers, most of whom are domestic helpers, Wardana said.
He said that the embassy had encouraged Indonesian migrant workers to establish an organization that would work to promote their rights and interests.
Teguh Wardoyo, the director of Indonesian Overseas Workers Protection Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that while the ministry was committed to protecting the rights of Indonesian citizens abroad, settling insurance claims for work-related accidents was not an easy thing to do in countries that do not see law enforcement as among its top priorities.
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