Malaysia stop crackdown on illegal Bangladeshis: Minister

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam claimed that the Malaysian government has stopped crackdowns on illegal Bangladeshi workers as the rehiring programs continue there until December.

He made the remarks replying to a question at a seminar on ‘Labour market in Malaysia and Middle East: present condition and future challenge, organized by Reporters for Bangladeshi Migrants at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban on Sunday.

About syndicate, the minister said that Bangladesh government did not create the syndicate in sending workers to Malaysia, but the Malaysia government approved 10 recruiting agencies.

 ‘We have sent 1,100 recruiting agencies to Malaysian government for approval,’ he said, adding that the Malaysian government has approved only 10 recruiting agencies.

 Nurul Islam explained that the government disagreed over Malaysian government’s decision they could again close the labour market.

Presided over RBM president Firoj Manna the seminar was also addressed and moderated by RBM general secretary Masudul Haque. RBM executive member Mohsinul Karim presented his keynote paper at the seminar

Speaking as special guest, EWOE ministry’s additional secretary Jabed Ahmed said that they government was in embarrassed situation due to high migration cost and syndicate to Malaysia.

Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza said that labour markets were expanding day by day and more workers sent to abroad.

Over 10 lakh workers would be able to get overseas jobs if the current trend of manpower export continues, he said.

Dhaka University professor of International Relations Dr CR Abrar termed high cost of migration and syndicate in recruitment process as big challenges and urged the government to take effective steps to remove those problems.

Controlling brokers in the recruitment and making database of the workers effective should be given priority, he said. 

 Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) joint secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman said that manpower export from Bangladesh increased ass the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recruited huge number of workers from Bangladesh.

He said that Saudi embassy in Dhaka has started receiving passports of male workers for job visas without attachment of female workers.


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