Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has urged Malaysia to take back the stranded Bangladeshi workers who could not return to Malaysia due to Covid-19 lockdown.
He requested Malaysia to finalise the protocol amending the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Malaysia and Bangladesh (G to G plus) on the employment of workers.Momen made the request when the newly appointed High Commissioner of Malaysia Hazanah Md Hashim called on Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at the State Guest House ‘Padma’ on Monday.
He noted that Malaysia is important to Bangladesh on a wide range of issues such as overseas employment, higher education, science-technology, agro-processing, trade, tourism, energy and foreign investment.
The foreign minister appreciated the government of Malaysia for allowing the workers to change employers and also for introducing the recalibration program under which illegal workers would have an opportunity to legalize. The Malaysian High Commissioner acknowledged the immense contribution of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysian economy and society.
She assured to take up the issue of worker’s return with her government. She was appreciative of the policy initiatives and social safety net programmes of Bangladesh in the face of prolonged pandemic.
To expand trade, the High Commissioner hoped that the negotiations for Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will start soon.
Momen lauded the strong moral and political support of Malaysia in favour of Rohingyas and sought further support from both Malaysia and ASEAN for a durable solution to the Rohingya crisis.He requested Malaysia to continue the operation of the Field Hospital to the support of the Rohingyas even in a limited form. He noted that recently the First Gentleman of Singapore donated relief materials to the Rohingyas staying in Bhasan Char Island.
The Bangladesh Foreign Minister sought Malaysian support to Bangladesh’s candidature for ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partner.