Workers Recruitment From BD
Malaysian team due on Sept 24 to finalise terms of references
Published : Sunday, 22 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 19263
A high-powered Malaysian delegation led by its Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran is likely to visit Bangladesh on September 24 to finalize the procedures and terms of references on recruitment of Bangladeshi workers.
During the visit, the Malaysian minister will lead his country's six-member delegation at a bilateral meeting to be held at the ministry to finalize the issues. Bangladeshi Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed will lead the Bangladesh delegation.
After the meeting, he will hold a separate meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Imran Ahmed at his ministry office, according to the ministry sources.
Earlier in last August, another delegation of the country also held a series of meetings with the Bangladeshi officials concerned to finalize the draft of policies and guidelines on recruiting Bangladeshi workers to the country.
The Malaysian government had suspended its previous recruitment system and announced a plan to stop hiring Bangladeshi workers under a new scheme last year. According to the ministry officials, Malaysian government is not interested to hire foreign workers through any syndicate.
It wants a fair competition in hiring workers from Bangladesh through all approved recruiting agencies. The minister may give signal for 'no syndication' during his visit.
Malaysia offered Bangladesh to send more than 500,000 Bangladeshi nationals for different sectors in 2016.
The two countries had signed a memorandum of understanding in which Malaysia agreed to recruit workers from Bangladesh for five different sectors under the 'government-to-government plus' system.
Although the agreement was signed to send more than five lakh workers to the country in a year, Bangladesh could not send two lakh workers in two years due to a syndicate of 10 Bangladeshi recruiting agencies and its Malaysian agent.
But the Malaysian government said the whole process was 'a total mess' and it resulted in the migrant workers paying excessive amounts of money to middlemen in both countries.
● BD, Malaysia JWG meeting deferred