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Workers' migration To KL
B2B fails, third party engaged for recruitment
Shahnaj Begum
Published :Tuesday, 3 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 16

Workers' migration To KL
Labour migration to Malaysia under "business to business (B2B)" mechanism has failed to yield any fruit as the Malaysian Human Resources Ministry has engaged third party for recruitment of manpower from Bangladesh.
 Due to this reason, the two governments failed to sign a much-awaiting Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on recruitment of manpower from Bangladesh, Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry official said, although several visits have been made in this regard.
Earlier, the Malaysian Home Minister announced that his country would recruit 15 lakh workers from Bangladesh in three years for its manufacturing, agriculture and services sectors. The minimum monthly wage for Bangladeshi workers intending to serve in Malaysia was fixed 900 Malaysian Ringgit.
 However, to address the issue a five-member official team led by General Secretary of Malaysian Human Resources Ministry  Saripudin Bin Kasim arrived in Dhaka on Monday. They are supposed to  discuss the signing of the MOU on recruitment of Bangladeshi manpower with government officials and private agencies involved in manpower business.
A high-level Malaysian team also visited Bangladesh from September 13 to 15 for finalising the modalities of recruitment of workers from Bangladesh and said after finalisation of the issues, the officials from Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur would fix a date for signing the MoU. But it failed to reach any conclusion.
 The two countries 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 get expected result.
Only 8,000 migrants went to Malaysia for employment in plantation sector since November 26, 2012 while the target was around 2 lakh per year.
 "In our September meeting we could reach only one decision and that was we fixed the (travel) cost , which was Tk 60.000, but the other issues are still pending. However, we hope this time we may reach a conclusion," a senior official of  the Expatriates' Welfare Ministry told the Daily Observer on Monday.
Meanwhile, Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam urged the international job-seekers not to pay money in advance to any agent for a job in Malaysia. "No mechanism has yet been finalised for Malaysia recruitment," he said.
He said the government is in discussion with Malaysia about sending workers there. As per Malaysian requirements, the government has been strengthening the technical training centres across the country to produce trained manpower. Both the systems of G2G and B2B will be in place for sending workers to Malaysia, he said.

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