Two female Malaysian citizens have been deported to their home country by their own request, claiming that they had been deceived by their Indonesian husbands.
While living in Malaysia, the two women had met and married migrant workers from Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. They then returned to Lombok with their new husbands, who claimed to have large estates and fortunes back on the island.
More than a month ago, the two women, who had entered Indonesia illegally, turned themselves in to immigration authorities and asked to be returned to Malaysia because they were upset with their husbands and could not stand living in Lombok.
"We deported the two Malaysian citizens, both aged in their 20s, to Malaysia early this month. They claimed they had been victimized by their husbands," Mataram Immigration Office's head of enforcement and supervision division R. Indra told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
He said both women had arrived in Lombok with their husbands after the latter had been deported from Malaysia in April. The two wives had gone undetected when they arrived in Lombok together with their husbands and a larger group of repatriated Indonesian migrant workers.
"Both of them had gotten married to two men from Central Lombok who were working in Malaysia. They had lived with their respective husbands in Praya district, Central Lombok, at one point," said Indra.
However, at the end of August they both reported their illegal status in Indonesia to the immigration office.
Indra added that they had claimed to have been duped by their husbands, having found out that the economic status they had boasted of having when they lived in Malaysia was a misrepresentation.
"They couldn't stand living in misery and asked to be returned to their country. We have deported them because they did not have proper immigration documents," said Indra.
In 2012, the Mataram Immigration Office deported another woman from Malaysia who had married a migrant worker from West Lombok. She too said she had been deceived.
Besides the two Malaysians, Indra said as of September this year his office had also deported 19 foreign citizens from the Netherlands, Germany, Australia and Japan, mostly for overstaying or violating their visas.
"This year we have heightened supervision, especially in the tourism sector. Some of [the deported] had overstayed their visas and misused their documents, such as working on a tourist visa," he said.
Indra called on the public to report to the police or the immigration office if they saw suspicious foreigners.