Online Insider | Who would think that regent-elect of Sabu Raijua, Orient Riwu Kore, has recently become a topic of conversation in Indonesian? Because he was elected as a Regent in Nusa Tenggara Timur which has dual citizenship status.
Orient’s inauguration as regent for the period 2020-2025 is threatened with being postponed after Bawaslu Sabu Raijua announced his citizenship status as a citizen of the United States.
The Director-General of Population and Civil Registration Zudan Arif Fakrulloh revealed that Orient once had a US passport without giving up his Indonesian citizenship status.
In fact, Orient also has an Indonesian passport issued on April 1, 2019. “Because Orient has never removed citizenship as an Indonesian citizen to become a foreigner,” said Zudan as reported from Tempo.
How did it happen?
- Dual citizenship is not recognized in Indonesia
Indonesia does not recognize dual citizenship. Furthermore, in the General Explanation of the Citizenship Law it is said that basically, the Citizenship Law does not recognize dual citizenship (bipatride) or stateless (apatride). The dual nationality granted to children in the Citizenship Law is an exception. So, you are correct in saying that Indonesian law does not allow citizens to have dual nationalities.
If an Indonesian citizen is later found to have dual citizenship, then he must give up one of the citizenship he has. If he does not want to give up one of his citizenship, then the sanction he will get is losing the citizenship of the Republic of Indonesia. This is in accordance with Article 23 of the Citizenship Law.
- Verifications process is very weak
Do you still remember the Archandra Thahar case? The Minister of Energy and Resources, who is inaugurated by the President but has US citizenship. This case is the same as the case where the elected Regent in NTT has US citizenship. This was confirmed by the US Embassy in Jakarta through Bawaslu or the Election Supervisory Body in Indonesia.
That’s why it happened, whereas to become a head of a regional leader in a country must go through a rigorous selection starting with a continuous tighter verification and administration process.