Taiwanese facing deportation from Indonesia due to document glitch
Central News Agency
2014-06-06 10:25 PM
Taipei, June 6 (CNA) A Taiwanese national teaching at a school in Indonesia could be deported along with the school's other foreign teachers because of false data on their resident certificates, but a lawyer said Friday the teachers did not violate any regulations. Bambang Permadi, who heads the South Jakarta immigration office's supervision and enforcement division, said Thursday that the 20 foreigners working at Jakarta International School (JIS) are teaching kindergarten but their resident certificates indicate they are teachers in the high school program. According to Jakarta police, the foreigners violated Indonesia's immigration regulations and will be deported next month to their countries. They come from the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Taiwan, respectively, the police said. The only Taiwanese on the deportation list, a female, was described by Taiwanese expatriates living in Jakarta as a teacher who loves children. She has served at the JIS kindergarten for many years and is rated highly by parents, they said. Harry Pontoh, a lawyer hired by the school to handle the case, told Indonesian media that there's no question of deportation because the teachers did not violate any immigration regulations. The teachers' resident certificates were applied for based on Indonesian regulations, and they have worked at the JIS for many years, Pontoh said. The school's management, however, declined to comment on the case, saying only that the school is still negotiating with the relevant authorities. The school also declined to disclose the Taiwanese teacher's name and any other personal information to protect her privacy. Sources familiar with the case revealed that Taiwan's representative office in Indonesia has been informed of the matter. The teacher has also written to the office, asking for help, they said. (By Jay Chou and Elizabeth Hsu)
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