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No bar to sending workers to Malaysia

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 15 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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No bar to sending workers to Malaysia

In a major breakthrough, some old issues that stood in the way of sending Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia after the South Asian country reopened the labour market for them have been resolved, offering hope for starting the migration soon.

The process of sending Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia witnessed a very slow progress since the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on December 19 last year.

However, the Human Resources Ministry of Malaysia has now said in a statement that the previous technical issues that were delaying the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers have been resolved, reports Malaysian newspaper The Star.

According to the report published on Thursday, over 2,000 Bangladeshi workers will now be available to be hired in Malaysia following the verification process involving 15 of the selected 25 labour agencies from Bangladesh.

“Interested employers, who have paid the levy and are looking to hire Bangladeshi workers, can send their applications to the Bangladesh High Commission to apply for confirmation of employment and work visa documentation,” the report said, quoting the Malaysian ministry.

As per the report, the Human Resources Ministry of Malaysia asked employers to keep in mind that the entry of Bangladeshi workers will be subject to standard safety and health screenings. “This will include compliance with the minimum requirements set by Malaysia’s Immigration Department,” the ministry said.

It added that the verification of the remaining 10 labour agencies from Bangladesh by the Bangladesh High Commission is expected to be completed in the following weeks.

Meanwhile, a source at the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment in Bangladesh also confirmed that the demand letters for the recruitment of workers in Malaysia have been submitted to the ministry for approval.

“The demand letters certified by the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur have been sent to the ministry through Malaysia’s central online system Foreign Workers Centralized Management System (FWCMS). Recruiting agencies will be able to start further work if the ministry gives permission for recruitment,” the source said.

According to several sources at the ministry and recruiting agencies, some 15 Malaysian recruiting organisations have been certified as of Wednesday. These institutions are interested in hiring workers from Bangladesh.

A number of Bangladeshi recruiting agencies have been tasked with completing all the works on the Malaysian side and sending the workers, sources confirmed.

The 15 employers who have received confirmation of the demand letters from the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia will take workers through some certain recruiting agencies of Bangladesh, they said.