Bangladesh Ovibashi Adhikar Forum on Sunday strongly condemned the ongoing crackdown and harassment on undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia.
BOAF, in a statement, also urged the Malaysian government to take steps to regularise Bangladeshi undocumented workers.
The organisation said that the Bangladesh government should sit with its Malaysian counterpart immediately to stop the crackdown on migrants through bilateral discussions.
‘The wage earners are trying to stabilise the country’s economic conditions with their remittances and their contribution to the development is immense,’ said the BOAF statement signed by its chairman Nazmul Ahasan.
‘It is sad that migrant workers are being detained and jailed in Malaysia,’ it said, adding that the role of the government was very important for solving the problems.
BOAF general secretary Faruque Ahmed said that most of the Bangladeshi workers, who went to work in Malaysia, paid a huge amount of money as migration cost and they should not be punished any further.
‘As Malaysia needs workers, the Malaysian government should legalise them,’ he said.
‘These poor migrant workers have gone to Malaysia for jobs as there is job crisis in Bangladesh,’ he added.