Expat welfare minister meet Bangladeshi workers at furniture factory in Malaysia

A high profile Bangladesh team led by Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment state minister Imran Ahmad on Sunday visited a furniture factory -- Seng Yip Furniture Sdn. Bhd at Semenyih, Selangor in Malaysia.

The team is now visiting Malaysia to have bilateral talks with the Malaysian counterpart scheduled to be held on May 14.

About 450 Bangladeshi workers of the furniture factory meet the state minister and urged him to take up the issue of undocumented workers with Malaysian government.

The furniture factory about 50 km from Kuala Lumpur employed about 700 workers from Bangladesh, according to Bangladesh officials in Kuala Lumpur.

Greeted by the factory's director Lim, the team was warmly welcomed by Bangladesh workers who felt exuberant with the presence of a minister amongst them.

The Bangladeshi workers requested the state minister for taking steps to expedite consular and welfare services at Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

They also requested the minister to take necessary steps to stop harassment by the custom department at Bangladesh airports.

The state minister was accompanied by EWOE ministry additional secretary Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen and Counsellor Labour at Bangladesh High Commission Zahirul Islam.

While addressing the gathering of workers the State Minister thanked the factory management for maintaining a win- win relationship between the management and workers.

Imran Ahmad asked the Bangladeshi workers to abide by the local rules, regulations and customs in the workplace.

He assured them of providing all possible supports for the wellbeing of expatriate workers.

Officials in Dhaka said that a high-level team led Imran Ahmad was on official visit to Malaysia with aim to restore the suspended job market.

Malaysia kept stopped recruitment of Bangladeshi workers since September last year.

Currently, over 10 lakh Bangladeshis work in Malaysia, according to the BMET.

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