The Malaysian labour market should be opened for all recruiting agencies by cracking syndicate of 10 agencies currently in place, said private recruiters and migrants rights campaigners.
Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies on Monday said that no visa newly being approved under the government to government plus mechanism.
BAIRA leaders, however, said that about one lakh visas still remained in the process of the stamping on the workers’ passports.
BAIRA president Benjir Ahmed said that the syndicate of 10 recruiting agencies was responsible for processing visas under G2G plus mechanism and they could be able to count how many passports currently on the process for stamping visas.
He said that BAIRA wanted that all recruiting agencies would be able to send Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia.
Benjir Ahmed, also a former Member of Parliament, said that those workers have already got the Malaysian visas or remained in the processing would be able to migrate to the East Asian country.
Expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry officials said that they were yet to get any formal decision from the Malaysian government about suspension of the G2G plus mechanism.
They claimed that the Malaysia labour market still opened and the Bangladeshi workers were going to Malaysia every day.
The Malaysian government on Friday suspended its Government to Government Plus, in short G2G Plus arrangements with Bangladesh for hiring the latter’s workers.
Malaysian human resources minister M Kulasegaran announced the decision in Kuala Lumpur, according to a Malaysian daily’s report.
‘This suspension will last until a full investigation has been completed into allegations that a syndicate was operating it as a human trafficking scheme to exploit these workers,’ The Star published from Kuala Lumpur reported quoted the Malaysian HR Minister in its Friday’s edition.
According to Bangladesh’s Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, since 2016, nearly 2.20 lakh Bangladeshi workers were sent to Malaysia under the G2G plus system.
Migrant rights campaigner and WARBE Development Foundation’s chairman Syed Saiful Haque demanded opening labour market to Bangladeshi workers under the Government to Government mechanism, which had earlier proved low cost arrangement for migration of the workers to Malaysia.
‘Immediate steps should be taken to remove sufferings of the Malaysia bound workers,’ he said.
Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul Islam said that syndicate was doing the monopoly business and the migrant workers have been cheated and charged of high cost for migration.
‘We want that all migrant workers will go to work abroad properly under a low cost which must be borne by the government either home or destination country,’ he said.
Film4Peace Foundation executive director Pervez Siddiqui said that both the governments of Bangladesh and Malaysia did not protect rights of the migrant workers on signing the manpower deal as the migrants had been charged the highest migration cost for Malaysian jobs