Indonesia interfering in labor cases

Updated 10 March 2013
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Indonesia interfering in labor cases

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih refused to sign a draft agreement presented by the Indonesian Ministry of Labor and Immigration regulating the return of Indonesian labor to their country.
The refusal was based on Saudi authorities assertion that Jakarta wanted to interfere in labor cases involving Indonesians in Saudi courts.
Fakeih told Muhaymin Iskander, his Indonesian counterpart, during a meeting in Jeddah this week that Saudi Arabia doesn’t want the independence of the Saudi legal system affected, according to a source.
The source said the two ministers agreed on upholding the privacy of the Saudi families and agreed on the insurance, the ceiling of salaries and work hours.
Fakeih asked that the draft contain a clause mandating that the Indonesian government should give training and orientation to the Indonesian labor prior to their arrival in the Kingdom. The training will be conducted by an international consultant, who will train labor in seven countries.
Jakarta requested that the Kingdom allow Indonesian nurses to work in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi officials were favorable to the request, but they said that the nurses should be trained.
The number of Indonesian workers in the Kingdom currently stands at half a million.


Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

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Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

MADINAH: The holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia continues its centuries’ old tradition of receiving visitors and pilgrims who enjoy visiting its famous mosques and landmarks dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

Al-Khandaq Mosque or the Mosque of the “Trench,” which is also referred to as the “Mosque of the Conquest,” is one of the historical sites that visitors to Madinah have high on their list of “must-sees.” It is connected to the Battle of the Trench, which took place during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The mosque is located in the trench northwest of Madinah where the events of the Battle of the Trench took place.

A few years ago Saudi Arabian authorities expanded the mosque. It is built in a modern architectural style that highlights the aesthetic value of the area and the value of the trench, which is situated at the foot of Jabal Sal’a mountain.

Madinah’s battle of the trenches marked the consolidation of the Prophet’s tenure when he was faced with an attack on Madinah made by an alliance of Jewish and non-Muslim Arab tribes to unseat him.

The digging of the trench around the city saved the day and denied the effective use of cavalry in storming the city by 10,000 attackers who besieged Madinah for more than 30 days.

The Saudi Press Agency recently captured the daily influx of visitors to Madinah during the holy month of Ramadan.

Photos show activity in Al-Khandaq Mosque and seven other mosques in its vicinity. The photographs are a reportage of activities ranging from praying and sightseeing to learning about the mosque’s history, and help put them into the context of the role played by the mosque and the city in spreading the values of Islam and its religious message.