The expatriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry is unaware of legalising undocumented foreign workers by the Malaysian government from February 15.
While talking to migrationnewsbd.com overphone additional secretary Jabed Ahmed said, "I can't tell you anything right now. Although it is not my duty, I can tell you after getting available information on it".
Another additional secretary Mohammad Azharul Huq gave the similar reply to this correspondent.
Malaysia is one of the largest labour market for Bangladeshis. There are about 8,00,000 to 9,00,000 Bangladeshi workers in the South East Asian country. Although there are no accurate number of undocumented Bangladeshi migrants in Malaysia, Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia, estimates that the number will be around 3,50,000.
Following high demands of foreign workers, the Malaysian government has decided to legalise the undocumented foreign workers for the plantation, agriculture, industrial, construction and service sectors.
Illegal foreign workers with valid employers can come forward to register and legalise their employment under the Immigration Department's E-kad (enforcement card) programme, reports The Star Online, Malaysia recently.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali (pic) said the government made the decision to legalise the employment of foreign workers following high demands from several sectors.
"The registration will be available from Feb 15 at all of our offices in the peninsula and state Immigration departments," he told a press conference.