Denpasar Held Permit Raid to Foreigners


Denpasar City Government (Pemkot) began to check foreign citizens who live in Bali. On the raid on Monday, officers found foreigners who do not have sufficient documentation.

Chung Chan Ho is one of them, a Korean who now becomes the citizen of Indonesia (WNI).

In Bali, Chung has a company that sells various products of Polo. However, since the operations in the 1980s, it does not have the Trading License (SIUP), it only has the company operating permit.

“He said that the SIUP is still handled by his agent so he could not show any document to the officers,” said I Wayan Sudana, Head of Resilience of Nations and Communities Agency Kesbangpol Denpasar. Thus, officers are still giving tolerance to Chung to complete the document.

This raid, according to Sudana was done as one of preparations for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, which will take place in Bali next month. It will also be carried out periodically to optimize cash inflow to the region.

“If there is no permit, automatically there is no income to the region, though the company is operating in Bali,” said Sudana.

In this raid, officers are also targeting foreign workers who do not have a license of Employing Foreign Workers (IMTA). IMTA owners are required to pay US$100 per month to the City or Regency Department of Manpower.

The government believe, that there are many foreigners who work in Bali don’t have IMTA.

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