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Malaysia Halts New Applications for Foreign Workers

Recruitment already under process won’t be affected

Recruitment already under process won’t be affected

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The Malaysian government’s decision to stop accepting new applications temporarily for hiring foreign workers will not affect the process of hiring Bangladeshi workers whose recruitment has already been approved. 

The Human Resources Ministry of Malaysia on Friday announced that it will not receive any new applications for hiring foreign workers for 16 days from August 15 to 31.

“Malaysia’s decision is applicable for new applications only. There will be no problem in continuing the existing process of recruiting foreign workers. The Human Resource Ministry of Malaysia has already approved a considerable number of applications submitted by the employers,” said Dr Mallick Anwar Hossain, Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment.

He said employers and workers need to go through a long process before finalising the recruitment.  Submitting applications to the Human Resource Ministry of Malaysia is only the first step of the process.

Several officials at the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and recruiting agency owners both in Bangladesh and Malaysia also said the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers will not be affected by the latest decision of the Malaysian government.

According to them, when an employer applies to the Human Resource Ministry of Malaysia, the ministry scrutinises the capacity of the applicant, the necessity of recruitment and checks the required documents before approving the applications.

Only these activities will be halted due to the Malaysian government’s decision but the applications which have already got approval will face no obstacle. These applications need to be attested by the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

Then those are sent to Bangladesh for recruitment approval from the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment. After completing medical and preparing other necessary documents, documents are sent to Malaysia’s immigration department for issuing calling visa. After examining all papers and issuing calling visa, the immigration department then sends those to Bangladesh again where workers get visa sticker and approval for flying to Malaysia after completion of other required procedures.

An official at the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur claiming anonymity said, “The Human Resource Ministry of Malaysia has approved around 350,000 applications. Of these, about 200,000 are for Bangladeshi workers. These applications are being processed. Even if the Malaysian ministry doesn’t entertain any new application, these applications will be processed properly.”

The Human Resources Ministry of Malaysia, in its statement said the new applications will be welcomed from September 1 following the enforcement of the Employment (Amendment) Act 2022.