The Malaysian government wants to reintroduce government to government (G2G) mechanism by reverting current system of hiring workers to remove middlemen from the recruitment process, according to report of The Star published on Sunday.
The Malaysian newspaper has quoted Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran saying that ‘We don’t want G2G Plus. Any arrangement should be government-to-government (G2G).’
‘There’s no reason why we cannot employ direct from the source countries,’ he told the Malaysian press. When the middlemen had been removed, there would be less chance of corruption, he noted.
‘There was no headache during G2G then – and we want to go back to that,’ he said.
The Star on June 22 reported that an “organised trafficking syndicate”, led by a Bangladeshi businessman with alleged political connections with the Malaysian home ministry, raked in at least two billion Malaysian ringgits from Bangladeshi workers in just two years.
The workers paid RM20,000 (around Tk 4 lakh) each to their Bangladeshi agents, who then paid half of the sum to the syndicate to have work permit approvals and flight tickets to Malaysia, said the report.
Bangladesh and Malaysia in 2012 signed a G2G deal to reduce migration costs and corruption, but only 10,000 workers could secure jobs in Malaysia under the agreement, thanks to alleged conspiracies of the recruiting agents and brokers.
Under the deal, workers could only have jobs in Malaysia's plantation sector, which raised questions about the sincerity of the authorities.
According to The Star report, only 10 out of over 1,000 Bangladeshi recruiting agents got the right to hire workers under the G2G Plus arrangement.
Bangladeshi migrant rights organizer and WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque welcomed the Malaysian government’s decision in introducing G2G system for recruiting Bangladeshi workers.
In an interview with migrationnewsbd.com, he urged the Malaysian authorities concerned to take proper initiatives to ensure smooth offer of job demand for Bangladeshi workers to make the G2G system successful.
‘The G2G system was good system for recruiting workers in low cost of migration as there was no scope of involving middlemen in the process,’ he said.
Saiful, also a returnee migrant turned rights campaigner said that due to conspiracy of local recruiting agencies and Malaysian quarters, the G2G system failed to deliver.
‘There is a database of workers interested to work in Malaysia. They can be easily selected for jobs. But uninterrupted job demands must be ensured by the Malaysian authorities,’ he said.