Though the officials of both Bangladesh and Malaysia have agreed on the terms for sending Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia in the Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting, no significant development has been made yet in this regard.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad earlier announced to start sending workers to Malaysia by this month.
In addition, the High Commission showed several excuses including the inclusion of medical reports in its online modules and the inclusion of reports if any employees run away from their employers.
Mentioning that such procedures have nothing to do with the High Commission, migration experts have said it seems that these conditions are being imposed only to delay the process or to stop the migration of Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia.
Since the two countries have agreed on all the issues, the task of the High Commission is to receive the demand letter from the Malaysian employers, submit the contract paper, check their company profile and inspect the company/factory if necessary and send the demand letter and contract paper to the ministry after verifying those against the actual demand, they said.
The ministry will allow the agencies concerned to carry out the recruitment process after completion of medical and ancillary formalities, they added.
In this regard, it is noteworthy that despite the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries on December 19 last year, six months have passed but the ministry has not taken any step regarding the section of medical centres.
Now, if the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment takes steps to approve new medical centres, the whole process will be delayed and the Malaysian government will have difficulty in incorporating new medical centres into their system in place of their already approved medical centres, they added.
In addition, the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia has been instructed by a system provider designated by the Malaysian government to install all the software and equipment related to the migration process, including demand letters, contract attestations, and has long proposed to connect their modules with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, sources in Malaysia confirmed.
Without deciding on any of this, the ministry in Bangladesh is proposing to make it compulsory to recruit workers through data bank, sometimes recommending Random Sampling and sometimes telling Malaysia to adjust the ministry’s new system.
Thus, the High Commission and the Ministry seem to be delaying the whole process by imposing unreasonable conditions, they said.
As a result of the moves of the ministry, a message is being sent to the Malaysian government that the department/ministry of Bangladesh is not yet ready or very interested in sending workers to Malaysia.
As a result, the demand letters approved by the Malaysian government in favour of Bangladesh are going to other neighbouring countries.
According to the Malaysian Human Resource minister, his ministry has issued a demand letter for the recruitment of 230,000 employees by June 15 this year. A large portion of these demand letters is supposed to be sent to Bangladesh but due to lax activities and indecision, these are going to 12 other source countries including Nepal.
Despite everything being finalised between the two countries, the Malaysian labour market is on the verge of collapse due to the above complexities, indecisiveness and bureaucratic procrastination.
Considering all these aspects, in the interest of employment of workers and the overall interest of the country, the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia must start issuing demand letters and contract papers and it has become imperative for the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment to give necessary instructions to the high commission in this regard, experts said.