A total of 1689 citizens of Indonesia who want to go to Singapore from Batam and Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, in 2011 the local authority rejected for various reasons.
"The number 1689 is very high and reached a six-fold compared Singaporean who was refused entry into Indonesia through Batam and Tanjungpinang, which is only 280 people," said Head of the Regional Office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Riau Islands, Joseph Riadi in a meeting with the Deputy Governor and Committee I of the Regional Representatives Council of Indonesia in Graha Kepri (Riau Islands), Batam, Tuesday.
He said, for security reasons as there are citizens of Indonesia become suicide bombers to be the main reason for the prohibition of entry into Singapore.
"Since many of the bombings in Batam, Singapore authority to tighten oversight of the Indonesian people who want to enter the country," Yusuf said.
Yusuf also said the Singapore authorities also arrested an Indonesian citizen who has the name of Islam like Yusuf, Ahmad or other especially if the name of Islam deemed suspicious appearance.
"If they deemed suspicious appearance, they were forbidden to enter, and asked to return to Indonesia," he said.
Yusuf said that Singapore is entirely right that can not be denied.
"We can not necessarily be refused and did the same thing. What can be done only by diplomacy through the ASEAN forum or other forums. That can only be done by the center," said Yusuf.
Deputy Governor of Riau Islands, Soerya Respationo said the problem is actually very flicked a sense of justice for human rights Indonesia.
"It was during this examination Indonesian citizens who wish to enter Singapore is very strict and old. But if the citizens of Singapore who entered Indonesia through Batam or even greeted with excessive Tanjungpinang. We should also make them like they treat us," said Soerya. (source)