Malaysia to lift moratorium on Bangladeshi workers | 2019-07-17

Malaysia to lift moratorium on Bangladeshi workers

Staff Correspondent

17 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Malaysian government is expected to lift the moratorium on Bangladeshi workers desiring wishing to work there from next month.

Human Resources Minister of Malaysia M. Kulasegaran told  The Star, the local newspaper in the country.

I hope we can conclude within one or two months of the review on the moratorium that is now in the final stage, so that labour supply from Bangladesh can resume, he said the media.

The suspension of workers from Bangladesh had affected several major  industries in the country, especially the plantation and construction sectors.

Lifting of the moratorium is expected to ease labour woes in these sectors, reports The Star.

The Foreign Worker Application System (SPPA) for Bangladeshi workers was suspended on Sep 1, 2018. Under the system, the recruitment process was only allowed to be carried out by 10 government approved agencies.

Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment of Bangladesh Imran Ahmad, who was in Kuala Lumpur last week, said that Bangladesh expects to reach an agreement with Malaysia on a new recruitment mechanism next month.

It is a matter of time to make this system right. The old system is not working, so for the new system, we will get everybody involved and work on it. I think in August, there could be a solution, The Star quoted the minister.

Malaysia offers a big market for Bangladesh to export manpower. More than 500,000 Bangladeshi nationals work in Malaysia in different sectors, according to government data.

In 2016, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in which Malaysia agreed to recruit workers from Bangladesh for five different sectors under the ‘government-to-government plus’ system.