The government has started the official process of registering the Bangladeshi expatriate workers in Malaysia to incorporate them in the current voter list and also provide them with the National Identity Cards, said officials.
Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment minister Imran Ahmad who is now visiting in Malaysia inaugurated the registration activities in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, they said.
The inauguration of voter registration was made through a video conference jointly organized by the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia and the Election Commission of Bangladesh.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda talked to the EWOE minister Imran Ahmad through the video conference.
Speaking at the conference, EWOE minister Imran Ahmad said that he has been so proud to be working with the expatriate workers of Bangladesh and he has been able to inaugurate their registration.
He urged the EC to provide national ID cards to the workers who were in the irregular status abroad.
He also requested the EC to enlist the expatriate Bangladeshis with the voter list with due emphasis.
EWOE ministry secretary Salim Reza said that the ministry would extend utmost support to the EC to complete the registration of the country’s migrant workers.
The CEC said that expatriate workers would be brought under registration of voter lists wherever they stay.
Bangladeshi expatriates would get enlisted through an online portal and then their scrutiny would be completed from BAngladesh. After scrutiny, the finger print and photo would be collected from the workers.
Then their smartcards would be printed in Bangladesh and sent to Malaysia, said officials.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to KL Md Shahidul Islam, EWOE ministry additional secretaries Ahmed Munirus Saleheen and Fazlul Karim, prime minister’s office director general Md Azizur Rahman and Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director Nurul Islam were present.