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Sending Workers to Malaysia

Headway expected as JWG meets in Dhaka May 26

Headway expected as JWG meets in Dhaka May 26

Finally, the officials of Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur are going to sit in a meeting to resolve the issues that halted the process of sending workers from Bangladesh to Malaysia even after a deal between the two countries on the manpower recruitment.

The meeting of the Bangladesh-Malaysia Joint Working Group (JWG) will be held on May 26 at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban in the capital, confirmed a reliable source.

Top officials of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and Malaysia’s Ministry of Human Resources will take part in the meeting.

Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Dr Ahmed Munirus Saleheen will lead the Bangladesh team while Malaysian delegation will be headed by its human resources secretary, the source added.

Officials of Bangladesh’s other ministries concerned will also attend the meeting.

Earlier, while seeing off the South Korea-bound Bangladeshi workers at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on May 10, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad told reporters that the top officials of Bangladesh and Malaysia will sit either on May 25 or 26 to discuss the unsettled issues between the two countries to facilitate the manpower export but he did not confirm the place of the meeting.

Six months have elapsed since Expatriates’ Welfare Minister Imran Ahmad and Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister M Saravanan signed a new five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the manpower export from Bangladesh on December 19 last year but the two countries are yet to begin the process due to disagreement on a few issues.

The Bangladesh government expressed its objection to the process of selecting recruiting agencies and wants to connect its data bank with Malaysia’s central workers’ recruitment system.

The Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment sent a couple of letters to the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources through the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur in this regard and called for arranging a JWG meeting.

In reply, the Malaysian ministry also sent two letters to Bangladesh’s ministry, but since then no development was seen in the recruitment process, causing uncertainty and frustration among the aspirant Bangladeshi workers.

It is to be mentioned that Malaysia suspended hiring Bangladeshi workers on September 1, 2018 over widespread allegations of malpractice in the recruitment process and charging higher cost from workers by recruitment agencies through

middlemen.

The manpower export to Malaysia began in 1978, according to the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET).

Malaysia is home to around 0.8 million Bangladeshi workers, according to unofficial data. The country is the third largest source of remittance earnings for Bangladesh.