ID card launches for Indonesian migrant workers in Singapore

05 September 2016
Upbeat: Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore, I Gede Ngurah Swajaya (left, front), takes a selfie with thousands of Indonesian migrant workers attending the launch of the Indonesia-Singapore Worker Cards (KPIS) at the embassy compound on Chatsworth Road, Singapore, on Sunday. Upbeat: Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore, I Gede Ngurah Swajaya (left, front), takes a selfie with thousands of Indonesian migrant workers attending the launch of the Indonesia-Singapore Worker Cards (KPIS) at the embassy compound on Chatsworth Road, Singapore, on Sunday. (Courtesy of the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore/File)

The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore has launched an identity card for Indonesian citizens who work as domestic workers in the neighbor country.

The Indonesia-Singapore Worker Card (KPIS) will function not only as an identity card for Indonesian domestic helpers working in Singapore but also as an information medium for them in various training programs they might be interested to participate in.

“The training programs informed through the card aim to improve their skills,” Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore I Gede Ngurah Swajaya told The Jakarta Post after the KPIS’s launch, which coincided with celebrations of Indonesia’s 71st year of independence at the embassy complex on Chatsworth Road, Singapore, on Sunday.   

Swajaya further said 75,000 out of 200,000 Indonesian citizens residing in Singapore were domestic helpers. “This card will be distributed for free. We hope all Indonesian migrant workers in Singapore can have one,” he said.

The KPIS program is a joint initiative between the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore and state-owned lender BNI. “During the launch, around 10,000 very enthusiastic people [were looking forward] to have the card,” said Swajaya. (ebf)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/09/05/id-card-launches-for-indonesian-migrant-workers-in-singapore.html