Legal Action Sought Against Syndicated Recruiting Agencies

A section of manpower recruiters who are members and former leaders of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies on Thursday demanded to take the legal action against 10 syndicated recruiting agencies.

Malaysian government has recently suspended its recruitment system engaged and operated by the 10 recruiting agencies in Bangladesh for charging high migration cost from the poor migrant workers.   

Speaking at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Thursday, the manpower recruiters said that the authorities concerned should investigate against ‘10 syndicated recruiting agencies,’ who were reportedly trying to influence a forthcoming election of BAIRA using name of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

The manpower recruiters under banner of Sammilita Samanway Front vowed to bring discipline in the activities of the organisation to ensure safe migration.

‘We strongly protest against the agencies and also demand proper investigation against them,’ said Sammilita Samanway Front panel chief Mohammad Shafiqul Alam.

He expressed concern over the transparency of the election, scheduled to be held on September 20, as the syndicated agencies were showing muscle and money power using the name of prime minister.

He complained that a section of manpower recruiters who were involved in the syndication regarding Malaysian job market were trying to re-elect the present BAIRA president for the next committee.

Former secretary generals of BAIRA Ali Haider Chowdhury and Monsur Ahmed Abul Kalam were also present at the press conference.

Ali Haider Chowdhury said they did not want to believe that the prime minister had given any such direction as she was against all kinds of malpractices.

‘A vested quarter is using her name with a view to damaging her image,’ he said.

Replying to a query, Ali said if they were elected, they would not allow any syndication.

‘Monopoly business is always bad for all trades,’ he added.

Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) is an association of recruiting agencies of migrant workers in Bangladesh. It has approximately 1400 member agencies and works in collaboration with the government of Bangladesh.

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