Govt to Showcause 10 Recruiting Agencies in Bangladesh for Syndication

Bangladesh government  will showcause 10 recruiting agencies for their alleged monopoly and syndication in recruitment of Bangladeshi workers for Malaysia, said Expatriate's Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban, he said that the government was collecting information about the recruiting agencies and also reviewing the information to take action against them.

The minister said the Bangladeshi labour market in Malaysia still remained open and it has not come to a closure in the country following the Malaysian government’s recent move.

He said that the Malaysian government was bringing a systematic change in the recruitment procedure of overseas employees and once they made the changes, the labour market would get normal.

Replying to a question, the minister said that there were 25,000 to 30,000 Bangladeshi workers, who have recently completed the process of migrating to Malaysia under G2G plus system and all of them would be allowed to go to Malaysia.

About the migration cost, Nurul Islam also said that if the workers were selected from the database, the migration cost would be compelled to fall.

EWOE ministry’s secretary Nomita Halder who attended the press conference said that the workers who paid the recruiting agencies for Malaysian jobs under the G2G plus and would be provided government assistance to realize their money on failure of their migration.

Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza among others was present at the press conference.

Malaysia has suspended the current recruitment system under the Government to Government (G-to-G) Plus mechanism that allowed only 10 Bangladeshi recruiting agents to send workers to Malaysia.

On August 21, Malaysian home ministry said the government decided to suspend the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers through SPPA (Sistem Pengambilan Pekerja Asing), an online system operated by a private Malaysian company, with effect from September 1.

It said any further decision on the matter would be made based on minister-level discussions between the two countries.

According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, over seven lakh Bangladeshi workers are currently working in Malaysia.

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