• Short Summary

    THE THIRD LARGE BATCH OF INDONESIANS WHO WERE WORKING IN THE N. GUINEA PETROLEUM COMPANY?

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    THE THIRD LARGE BATCH OF INDONESIANS WHO WERE WORKING IN THE N. GUINEA PETROLEUM COMPANY AND ARE GOING BACK TO THEIR HOMES PASSED THROUGH SINGAPORE ENROUTE.

    IN THE CURRENT BATCH OF PEOPLE THERE WERE 600 CHILDREN, 400 WIVES AND ABOUT 250 WORKERS. THE SHIP WAS CHARTED BY THE WORKERS FROM OUT OF THE PASSAGE MONEY PAID BY THE COMPANY.

    THE COMPANY RECENTLY DECIDED TO CLOSE DOWN SOME OF ITS OPERATIONS AND SO BULK OF THE LABOUR AND TECHNICAL WORKERS OF INDONESIAN ORIGIN WERE DISMISSED. THE SPOKESMAN OF THE GROUP, A FORMER FOREMAN OF THE GEOLOGICAL LABORATORY, SAID COMPENSATION AMOUNTED TO BETWEEN 80 AND 250 GUILDERS FOR A WORKER. HE SAID THERE WERE 5,000 WORKERS AND NOW THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 200 WITH THE COMPANY. SOME OF THE WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES RETURNING INCLUDED PEOPLE OF PAPUAN ORIGIN.

    ABOUT 1,500 WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE EARLIER PASSED THROUGH SINGAPORE FROM SORONG IN DUTCH NEW GUINEA. THREE BABIES WERE BORN DURING THE CURRENT VOYAGE OF THE SHIP. ONE BABY FILMED WAS ONLY EIGHT DAYS OLD.

    THE INDONESIAN CONSUL GENERAL IN SINGAPORE IS ARRANGING FOR TRAVEL PAPERS FOR THESE PEOPLE AND LOOKING AFTER THEM WHILE IN TRANSIT. BACK IN INDONESIA, MOST OF THESE WILL BE ENGAGED IN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, A CONSULATE SPOKESMAN SAID. THE SHIP WILL TOUCH JAKARTA, SURABAYA, MAKASAR, AMBON AND MENADO TO DISCHARGE THE WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA53A2W69AGY0VUDI2OXQSDNGS1
    Media URN:
    VLVA53A2W69AGY0VUDI2OXQSDNGS1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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