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Malaysia likely to hire BD workers again

Published : Wednesday, 15 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 333

After around eight months of suspension, Malaysia is likely to reopen its job market for Bangladeshi workers soon as the country's government has given its green signal to open the market for Bangladeshi workers.
After a successful bilateral meeting between Bangladeshi State Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed and two Malaysian Ministers - Home Affairs Minister Dr. Muhyiddin Yassin and Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran - held at Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, the green signal was given to open the market again.
At the same time, the Malaysian authorities concern will also give further chance to legalise the Bangladeshi migrants living there without any legal documents. However, the procedure of sending workers there and legalise the illegal migrants would be determined later after necessary negotiation between the high officials concern of the two friendly countries.
The meeting also decided to hold a bilateral Joint Working Group (JWC) meeting of the two countries on May 30 to 31 this year. The procedures of manpower recruitment and sending Bangladeshi migrants two the country would be determined there, Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry's Public Relation Officer Mohammad Rasheduzzaman told this correspondent in Dhaka on Tuesday.
He said that in the meetings, the Malaysian ministers have expressed their interest to recruit Bangladeshi migrants to the country.
"Malaysian Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran has informed Bangladeshi state minister Imran Ahmed that their country is sincere to recruit more Bangladeshi workers. At the same time, they will also legalise the Bangladeshi migrants working illegally. However, the procedure will be finalised at the JWG meeting," he added.
However, a new syndicate of recruiting agents has been active again to send Bangladeshi migrants to the country at a high cost than the fixed costs, several months after Mahathir Mohammad's new government revoked the 'calling system' dismantling the syndicate.
Although Bangladesh has a scope of sending five lakh workers to the country in last two and half a year, it could send only one lakh workers there due to syndication of recruiting agents. The 10-member syndicate has pocketed around Tk 4,000 crore by taking extra charges from jobseekers.
Being a source country to send migrants to Malaysia, Bangladesh has set manpower sending cost for the country at only Tk 37,000 for each. But the syndicate comprising 10 Bangladeshi recruiting agencies took Tk four lakh to five lakh from every person. On an average, each of the migrants had to pay Tk four lakh extra for having a job in the country. As a result, the syndicate members have taken around Tk 4,000 crore extra by sending only one lakh migrants.
According to expatriates and agencies, Amin Group, an agency of Bangladesh born Malaysian, and 10 Bangladeshi agents syndicate, together with the country's previous government, collected Tk 1.80 lakh as the cost of processing per person. They have also taken charges for buying employment visas for the Bangladeshi workers.
After the defeat of Nagib Tun Razzaq in the general election, the syndicate leaders went into hiding. After taking charge, Mahathir Mohammad's government dissolved the 10-member syndicate from September 1 last year and opened manpower export for all to the country.
The agencies and jobseekers claimed that the 10-company syndicate is going to be active again. They are silently doing their activities. Two members of the syndicate - Ruhul Amin Swapan of Catharsis International Recruiting Agency and Amin Group's owner Amin Bin Abdun Noor - have already started working together to send Bangladeshi workers to the country.
According to reliable sources, Swapan's Catharsis and Amin Group started medical test of the overseas jobseekers from May 8 to send them Malaysia. Although the market is still suspended, they are trying to manage workers and taking preparation to send them taking extra charges.
According to sources, the agencies are taking more than five lakhs from each of the jobseekers intend to go to Malaysia. In some cases, they are taking some extra fees in the name of various trainings like enhancing skillness and languages.
Sources said that Malaysia smell rat in the medical test initiative. Due to their cheating, Bangladesh cannot be evaluated as a source country for Malaysia. Although Bangladeshi workers are worried of their activities, the authorities concerned of the two countries are not taking any steps against them. Malaysia is not showing interest on the issue.
Sources said that Malaysia is now taking workers from Nepal free of cost. Expatriates urged the government to keep an eye on Malaysia that the syndicate may not be active again. Malaysia Labor Market should be syndicate free.
Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Bangladesh Embassy in Malaysia have already informed that there will not be allowed to do any syndicate in labor market. The labor market will be open for everyone.
Ministry high officials said they are aware about the activities of all recruiting agents. They will not allow any agency to make syndicate again to keep the market open always for Bangladeshis.

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