A six member Malaysian delegation, led by Deputy Secretary General of the Malaysian Home Ministry Wahab Bin Mohammad Yasin, is scheduled to visit Dhaka from July 29 to 31 for working out the modalities of recruitment of workers from Bangladesh.
The visit will take place as a follow-up action of the meeting between former Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Kuala Lumpur held at the end of June.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry's Public Relation Officer Shahidul Alam Majumder told the Daily Observer that the Ministry has already finalised its preparation to hold the follow up meeting. The Bangladeshi delegation will hold series of meetings to finalise the modalities.
Earlier, Labour Counsellor Sayedul Islam at Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur confirmed about the delegation and visit schedule in an urgent letter.
"On the basis of the outcome of the visit, a high level visit would be finalized to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on recruitment of manpower from Bangladesh," the letter said.
According to the letter, the Malaysian team comprising Director General of Malaysian Immigration Department Mustafa Bin Ibrahim, Consular Division under Secretary of the Foreign Ministry Zulkifli Yaacob, Immigration Division under Secretary of Home Ministry Shahril bin Ismail and Foreign Workers' Division under Secretary Mohd Zamir bin Mat Zain.
Shahidul said new Expatriates' Welfare Minister Nurul Islam had given consent to hold a meeting with the Malaysian delegation on July 30 at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban. After arrival of the Malaysian team in Dhaka, they will be holding a series of talks with the Bangladesh delegation led by Ministry's Secretary Khandaker Md Iftekhar Haider.
Bangladesh and Malaysia reached an agreement to expedite the labour migration to Malaysia under a new "business to business (B2B)" mechanism as the government to government (G2G) mechanism has failed to yield expected results. Only 8,000 migrants went to Malaysia for employment in plantation sector since signing MoU on November 26, 2012 while the target was around 2 lakh.
As the Southeast Asian nation needs huge number of foreign workers, the Malaysian Home Minister announced that his country would recruit 15 lakh workers from Bangladesh in three years.
Bangladeshi recruiting agencies would be allowed to engage in the B2B process, a senior official of the ministry said.