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Govt to serve show-cause on recruiters’ syndicate, says minister
Expatriate’s welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam on Tuesday said that the government will serve show-cause notices on 10 recruiting agencies for their alleged monopoly and syndication in recruitment of Bangladeshi workers for Malaysia.
The minister made the remarks while speaking at a press conference at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban.
Nurul Islam said the government is collecting information about the recruiting agencies and also reviewing the information to take action against them.
Replying to a query, the minister said the Bangladeshi labour market in Malaysia remains open and it has not come to a complete closure after Malaysian government’s recent move.
He said that the Malaysian government is bringing a systematic change in the recruitment procedure of overseas employees and once they made the changes, the labour market will be normal.
Replying to another question, the minister said that there are 25,000 to 30,000 Bangladeshi workers, who have recently completed the process of migrating to Malaysia and all of them will be allowed to enter Malaysia.
About the migration cost, Nurul Islam also said that if the workers are selected from the database, the migration cost would fall.
EWOE ministry’s secretary Nomita Halder who attended the press conference said that the workers who paid the recruiting agencies for Malaysian jobs under G2G plus would be provided government assistance to realise their money on failure of their migration.
Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza among others was present at the press conference.
Malaysia has suspended the current recruitment system under the Government to Government (G-to-G) Plus mechanism that allowed only 10 Bangladeshi recruiting agents to send workers to Malaysia.
On August 21, Malaysian home ministry said the government decided to suspend the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers through SPPA (Sistem Pengambilan Pekerja Asing), an online system operated by a private Malaysian company, with effect from September 1.
It said any further decision on the matter would be made based on minister-level discussions between the two countries.
According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, over seven lakh Bangladeshi workers are currently working in Malaysia.