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Malaysian labour market for BD workers hits snag
The Malaysian labour market is still not opening up for Bangladesh nationals as the two governments are yet to finalise the procedures for migration.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was supposed to be signed between the two countries in September last to work out a new agreement for opening up the labour market for Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia but the signing was not done as Malaysian government is yet to finalise their position in this connection.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam said, “We’ve sent a facsimile mail to Malaysian government on Tuesday (Oct 20) asking how Bangladeshi workers will go to Malaysia through the Government-to-Government-plus (g-g+) process. We haven’t received any response and clear messages from them yet.”
“The MoU will be signed once they decide how they want to receive workers there,” he said adding, “There’ll be no objection from us for sending manpower according to their decision, if it does not go against our national interest,” he noted.
Responding to a question about the role of private recruiting agency in the labour sending process, the minister said the Malaysian government actually does not like any private recruiting agency in this regard but Bangladesh will not have objection to send manpower through the agencies if Malaysia chooses the system.
He claimed that nearly 3,000-4,000 jobseekers are going to Malaysia through Government-to-Government (g-g) process every month.
The number of Bangladeshi workers setting foot on foreign lands this year will reach 5 lakh, he added.
According to sources in the ministry, a meeting was held between Malaysian Home Minister Dato' Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and then Minister for Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Khandker Mosharraf Hossain at Putrajaya in Malaysia in June this year.
At the meeting, they took a decision that Malaysia will recruit five lakh overseas jobseekers from Bangladesh this year under the new business-to-business (b-b) mechanism.
A technical team of Malaysia visited Dhaka on September 12 and held a meeting with Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) in a bid to finalise manpower recruitment under the new business-to-business (b-b) mechanism, the sources added.
Later, a five-member team of Malaysian Human Resource Ministry visited Dhaka from September 13 to 15 and held a meeting with representatives of Bangladesh government over the MoU.
But the agreement following the MoU has not being signed and the Malaysian authorities after the return for their delegation conveyed that the agreement will not be signed under b-b system, but under government-government (g-g) system after reforming the present g-g system with the features of b-b mechanism.
Even though an agreement on the g-g mechanism was signed in last September, it has not been finalised yet, the sources said.
Talking to UNB, president of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) Abul Bashar said Malaysian government representatives had held a meeting earlier with Bangladesh government where the manpower was supposed to be sent through the b-b system, but suddenly a Malaysian technical team offered Bangladesh for sending manpower though the g-g system instead of the g-g mechanism after their visit.
They proposed that a new Malaysian manpower company, named Synarflux, will open one stop service centres in the two countries and recruit manpower for Malaysia through their Bangladesh office, he said.
“We (Baira leaders) held a meeting with the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam and its Secretary in this regard where we proposed that if Malaysia recruits manpower by its company, some people will gain through syndicate but our general employees will be victimized”, Baira president said.
He claimed a syndicate is still active over sending workers to Malaysia.
“We can send manpower if the government assimilates the b-b system with g-g system. In this case, there’ll be no scope for syndicates to play any role. Employees will not be harassed either,” he said.