Hiring Workers Illegally
Malaysia starts taking actions against errant agencies
Migration of Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia is likely to take some more time as its government wants to ensure actions against its local recruiting agents and companies.
The government of Malaysia first wants to take action against those who hire workers more that the country needs and that too illegally.
The Malaysian government has already started taking actions against their local recruiting agents and the companies by conducting special drives like the drives against illegal foreign workers.
Under this situation, although the Bangladesh government is trying to reopen the most important migrants market of the country soon, it may not do it soon.
Malaysia may start receiving Bangladeshi workers only after controlling their errant agencies and companies and finding out a mechanism to ensure hiring process fair and transparent.
To ensure it, the Malaysian government will hold a bilateral meeting with Bangladesh government soon.
The meeting might be held on November 6 this year. To hold the meeting, the country's government has already invited Bangladesh's Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister there.
According to the ministry high officials, Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed may visit Malaysia on November 6 to attend the meeting.
Ministry Secretary Md. Selim Reza and some relevant high officials of the ministry and authorities concerned will also accompany him.
When contacted, Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Md. Selim Reza told this correspondent that they are going to join the meeting of November 6 along with the minister.
"Although the Malaysian government hasn't yet sent the agenda of the meeting, Bangladesh's main focus will be on reopening the migrants market for our country. Hopefully, the meeting will bring some fruitful results for our migrants," he added.
Replying to a query on Malaysian government's drive against errant agencies, the Secretary said that they also want the drives against the errant agencies and companies hire additional workers than they need to ensure that no workers are being cheated there.
Malaysia is now a home to some 800,000 Bangladeshis. Of them, around six lakh Bangladeshi workers may face deportation as the Southeast Asian country plans to reform its foreign workers sector.