By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
In response to an Indonesian labor official’s statement that Indonesian migrant workers in democratic countries can easily become targets of Islamic State (IS) recruitment, Taiwan’s Minister of Labor Chen Hsiung-wen said on Thursday that anyone found joining the IS will be laid off and sent back.
Nusron Wahid, chairman of the National Board for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers, was cited by media outlets as saying on March 20 that he knew of two Indonesian workers in South Korea who had joined IS and that some Indonesian workers in Taiwan and Hong Kong were wearing IS badges or other symbols of the terrorist organization.
In democratic countries like South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, where there is intellectual freedom, Indonesia’s migrant workers could easily be recruited by IS, Wahid said.
Unlike Saudi Arabia, where Indonesian workers are banned from leaving their employers’ premises, these free Asian countries could become a hotbed of IS recruitment, Wahid said. [FULL STORY]