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Illegal Expat Workers in Bali Put on Notice by Police

Police Warn its Fines, Jail and Deportation for those Caught Working without Proper Immigration and Manpower Permits.

(3/24/2007) The Friday, March 23, 2007 edition of the Bali Times quoted the Senior spokesman at the Bali Police Headquarters warning that foreigners working in Bali without the proper documents will face arrest and eventual deportation as part of a more "get tough" policy now in place.

The spokesman, Officer Antonious Reniban, told the Bali Times: "Indonesia is a lawful country and therefore we can't have foreigners coming in here and working while holding tourist visas."

Reniban's comments come on the heel of the recent deportation of a Canadian employed by a villa company found to be performing duties inconsistent with his working permit. The man, an investor in the villa company, is now banned from re-entering Indonesia for at least 6 months.

In a separate incident a Chinese national was arrested by police when he participated as a speaker in a seminar held at a local hotel. The Chinese man was living in Indonesia while seeking political asylum status from the United Nations and the Indonesian Government.

Those found working illegally in Indonesia or employing illegal workers face the possibility of fines, jail time and (for the affected worker) deportation.