Recruitment of workers for the Malaysian jobs still continued under the G2G Plus arrangements though the Malaysian government had reportedly declared suspension of the system with Bangladesh.
The migrant workers, however, were being charged the high migration cost by the recruiting agencies under the G2G mechanism, according to the victims.
Each worker is being charged of Tk 3.5 lakh by local agent for migration to Malaysia although the migration cost was fixed at Tk 1.6 lakh under the Government to Government Plus arrangements.
At least 11,835 workers have been given emigration clearance in eight days of the current month, according to statistics of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.
On June 22, the Malaysian human resources minister, M Kulasegaran, announced the decision in Kuala Lumpur that the country suspended the current recruitment system due to syndicate and corruption.
Senior officials at Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry admitted that curbing the migration cost has been a challenge for them. On allegation, the government can take action, they said.
Sources said that Malaysian High Commission in Dhaka recently had a meeting with EWOE ministry’s secretary and informed that Malaysian government was reviewing process of recruitments with Bangladesh.
‘Malaysian government has not taken any decision to stop recruitment of the workers from Bangladesh,’ an official quoted the High Commission as saying.
EWOE ministry’ additional secretary Aminul Islam said that batches of workers were going to Malaysia as usual as before under the G2G Plus mechanism.
Recruiting agencies were sending them without facing any problems, he claimed.
The ministry officials welcomed the initiative of the Malaysian government that it was probing and reviewing recruitment mechanism to crack the existing syndicate of the recruiting agents.
Since 2016, nearly 2.20 lakh Bangladeshi workers were sent to Malaysia under the G2G plus system.
When asked, migrant rights organizer and WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque said that the Malaysian bound workers were being charged high migration cost and the government of Bangladesh totally failed to control the migration cost.
‘As the Malaysian government continued investigation inside their country about recruitment process but the Bangladesh government should cooperate them and also launch its probe in the country to ensure transparent recruitment system,’ he said.
About the migration cost, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies joint secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman, however, said that BAIRA has already submitted a proposal to the ministry to introduce Bio-Recruitment System’ to reduce the migration cost for Malaysia bound workers.