No Insurance Cover for Families of Murdered Indonesian Women: Official

The two Indonesian women recently murdered by a British investment banker Rurik Jutting in Hong Kong were not registered as legal migrant workers, and so, their families cannot claim insurance, stated a government official. “The insurance claim for the two dead employees is not applicable, but we have been discussing with the Indonesian Foreign Ministry about giving a type of donation,” Gatot Abdullah Mansyur stated on Wednesday when questioned about the murder case.

Mansyur, head of the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI), stated that Sumarti Ningsih and Jesse Lorena, alias Seneng Mujiasih, were not legal migrant workers. “From our investigation, Sumarti Ningsih came to Hong Kong on a social-cultural visit visa while Lorena is a former migrant worker whose working permit had expired and is categorized as an ‘overstayer’,” he pointed out.

Despite the fact that they had committed a violation, his agency and the Indonesian Foreign Ministry are working together to help the murdered women’s families to seek justice and repatriation of their bodies, remarked Mansyur who was in Mataram for inaugurating a new office of BNP2TKI. The mutilated body of Ningsih was found stuffed in a suitcase in Jutting’s balcony of his 31st floor apartment in Wan Chai District, Hong Kong, on Saturday (November 1), while Mujiasih’s body was found in the living room.

A 29-year-old Englishman, Rurik Jutting, has been charged with the murder of the two women. The murder case is being handled by Hong Kong’s law enforcement officials, but the Indonesian police’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team is working with the territory’s related authorities in obtaining the ante-mortem data of the victims for supporting the investigation process. Meanwhile, The Manpower Ministry has summoned the labor placement agency that had sent an Indonesian migrant worker, who was murdered in Hong Kong, to the region.

“The summons is part of efforts to investigate the murder case, as well as to trace information about the identity of the victim,” the Director General of Labor Placement Development at the Manpower Ministry, Reyna Usman, said on Tuesday. The ministry summoned Tjitro Tandjung Djaja, who is the President Director of labor placement agency PT Arafah Bintang Perkasa that had sent victim Surmatiningsih to Hong Kong. According to results of a document audit, Surmartiningsih was once employed as a housemaid in Hong Kong, he revealed.

“Based on preliminary results of the audit, the victim left for Hong Kong in October 2010 to work as an Indonesian migrant worker. She worked there for two years till her work contract expired in January 2013,” he explained. Usman pointed out that Surmartiningsih was given employment in Hong Kong by PT Arafah Bintang Perkasa in association with Hong Kong Bestlink Employment through an official procedure. After her work contract expired, she returned to Hong Kong on a social visit visa, which was valid from October 4 to November 3, 2014.

source : the bali times

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