"Margo Laras" Center Provides Accompaniment and ATENSI Assistance for PMIB from Rembang
(2 July 2021) - The Ministry of
Social Affairs through Margo Laras Pati Center provides accompaniment and ATENSI
assistance a Troubled Indonesian Migrant Worker (PMIB) from Malaysia during the
repatriation process to his area of origin. Following the
instructions of the Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini that every
Technical Implementation Unit (UPT) of the Ministry of Social Affairs including
41 Social Rehabilitation Centers must participate in assisting PMIB
repatriation to meet their families.
Head of Margo Laras Center, Jiwaningsih
assigned 2 (two) officers to participate in assisting the repatriation of 1
(one) PMIB from Malaysia from Rembang Regency back to his family after undergoing
quarantine at Wisma Atlet Jakarta for 5 (five) days following health
protocols, then transit at the Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Agency
(BP2MI) Semarang waiting for pick-up and repatriation assistance.
After coordinating with the Head of
Development and Empowerment of BP2MI Semarang, Rodi, then proceeded with the
handover from BP2MI to Margo Laras Center, then reported PMIB's return to the
Village Head and handed over to the family. Margo Laras officers also conduct
assessments in the context of providing ATENSI services.
Based on the results of the assessment, the
PMIB who was repatriated from Malaysia was named Kasturi who came from
Sumbermulyo Village, RT 05 RW 01 Sarang District, Rembang Regency. He was
married but divorced, while his ex-wife lives in Medan City.
"I live with my nephew, my cellphone was
confiscated, I don't remember the family's cellphone number, my ID card was
also lost in Serdang," said Kasturi. Before working in Malaysia he worked
as a construction worker, odd jobs, various jobs. Then Kasturi migrated to
Malaysia from 2017 to 2021 (for 4 years). He borrowed money from his brother in
the amount of 1,500 Malaysian ringgit to buy a ticket to depart.
Since then he has never returned, working with
his employer as a trader. The results of his work in Malaysia are routinely
sent to his family once a month as much as 1-3 million rupiahs to help the
needs of families in Indonesia.
“My passport is dead and I
didn't renew it. Because I was deemed to have no documents, I was an illegal TKI,
and I was arrested by the officer and once put in the bars of the Kajang prison
for 14 days, then in the Immigration Detention Center for 1 year and 3 months.
It was only on 27 June 2021 that the Indonesian government assisted in the
repatriation, then quarantined for 5 days at the Wisma Atlet Kademangan,
Jakarta, "explained Kasturi. While at Wisma Atlet, he had undergone a swab
test, and his food was guaranteed, he said.
"On July 1, 2021, at 08.00
p.m. by taking the Surabaya group bus, 6 of us got off and transited at BP2MI
Semarang. The documents I brought were a replacement passport, a Covid-19 free
certificate, and a cover letter," said Kasturi.
We are officers from the
Ministry of Social Affairs, we have a responsibility to assist to
get home, don't worry, we will deliver it to meet your family soon," said
AAS coordinator Margo Laras Center, Yasin Pramono Adi.
Not only accompanying the
repatriation process to meeting with family, the Margo Laras Center team also
provides family support Social Rehabilitation Assistance (ATENSI) services. One
of them is providing family strengthening by motivating Kasturi to develop
"I can drive a truck,
but I don't have a driver's license. I just want to sell fish later to help the
family's economy, the important thing is that there is a business
opportunity," added Kasturi.
After arriving in Rembang,
the officer handed it over to the Village Head. "I am ready to help
facilitate the proposal for recording the E-KTP as a replacement for the lost
KTP," said Sumbermulyo Village Head Ahmad Nurofiq.
When he got home, Kasturi
looked for his mother. But according to the information from his relative, his
mother died 5 months ago, only Dila, Kasturi's daughter, is 10 years old and is
in 3rd grade due to delays. With an awkward face because she was left for 4
years, Dila called “father” to Kasturi. "I am happy to meet my
father," responded Dilla when she was called by Triwidodo a Junior Social
"The arrival of Kasturi, who has had no
contact and news for almost 2 years, is very encouraging to us. It is very
happy for our brother to be able to go home, here, there is a small child who
is being cared for by his grandmother. We as a family are very grateful for the
role of the Ministry of Social Affairs who has helped us, "said Muklis
Kasturi's cousin. Tears were falling over the atmosphere of the family
gathering, they were very grateful because the government paid attention to
With this assistance and
family support ATENSI services from Margo Laras Center, it is hoped that it
will be able to provide psychological reinforcement for Kasturi, because what
he currently needs is motivation and support from his family," concluded
Humas Balai Margo Laras Pati