Thursday, September 1, 2016

MALAYSIA:::The Bangladeshis are coming

DHAKA: Bangladeshi workers will soon be officially making their way again to Malaysia.
An unnamed “high official” at the Bangladesh Ministry of Expatriates Welfare And Overseas Employment told the Dhaka Tribune that an announcement regarding the reopening of the Malaysian market would be made within one or two days.

A source from the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia also confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.
The report quoted the Additional Secretary of Expatriates Ministry Zabed Ahmed as saying: “Malaysia will be taking Bangladeshi aspirant migrants through maintaining a new database and a decision in this regard will come very soon.”
On Feb 18 this year, the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam and Human Resources Minister of Malaysia Richard Riot Anak Jaem inked a deal to send workers to Malaysia under a Government to Government Plus mechanism.
But the very next day, Malaysia suspended recruitment of all foreign workers, including those from Bangladesh.
Malaysian media had reported at that time that Putrajaya decided to put the intake of Bangladeshis and other foreign workers in such large numbers on hold following criticism from civil and trade groups. Trade groups wanted locals to be given work first.
The Dhaka Tribune report said a Malaysian delegation visited the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) last month.
BMET Director General Selim Reza was quoted as saying: “The delegation had visited BMET to see the technical team here as they will take manpower from Bangladesh through a new online system.”
The report said several manpower recruiting agencies in Bangladesh confirmed that the plan to send Bangladeshis to Malaysia was on.
About 300,000 Bangladeshis are estimated to be working in Malaysia and another 1 million are believed to be staying illegally in Malaysia, said the report.
According to Bangladesh government figures, expatriate Bangladeshis in Malaysia remitted around USD1.4 billion last fiscal year.

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