Malaysian human resources minister M Kula Segaran has said that his country was keen to know what action would be taken by Bangladesh government to repatriate the undocumented workers.
‘We want to know what action will be taken by the Bangladesh government to repatriate the undocumented workers in Malaysia,’ he said while to reporters in Malaysia after a dialogue session with Cameron Highland farmers on Thursday.
According to report of Malaysian national news agency BERNAMA, the minister said that ‘All previous agreements with Bangladesh have expired, although we intend to sign the MoU, there are some proposals and other matters to be resolved first.’
He added that among the issues that need to be resolved were the salaries and protection of foreign workers working in Malaysia.
He, however, said that his ministry was in the final stages of discussions with Bangladeshi representatives before signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the entry of workers from the country.
Over 10 lakh Bangladeshi workers are currently working in Malaysia and unspecified numbers of Bangladeshi workers are undocumented there, said officials in Dhaka.
Kula Segaran said that the government will consider taking foreign workers from African countries to accommodate requirements in the plantation sector.
He said this was because foreign workers from Vietnam and Indonesia no longer expressed interest to work here as the salary received was not too different from the country of origin.
‘I have been discussing with the ambassadors of African nations recently, and they will get the views of their respective governments on the matter.
‘This is a start, and we look at the suitability (of foreign workers from African countries) because the ministry has received requests from employers wanting workers from the countries concerned to work in the plantation sector,’ he told reporters.