Batam's Elec Industry May Collapse on Wage Increases

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The electronics manufacturing industry in Batam, Indonesia, will be on the verge of a collapse in the next few years due to uncontrollable wage increases, an analyst has warned. Suyono Saputra, who studies Batam’s economy, said that rising wage rates in the aftermath of the minimum wage riots in 2011 and the exploitative attitude of local politicians toward foreign investment were among the reasons why the region was being abandoned by investors.

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