Malaysia to open for Bangladeshi workers

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widenews desk : Human Resources Minister, Malaysia Richar Riot informed the government that they will hire workers from Bangladesh only in three sectors. The sectors are- construction, plantation and manufacturing.

The visiting Malaysian minister revealed the information after holding a bilateral meeting with Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam at his office in Dhaka today.

Officials at the expatriates’ welfare ministry said both the governments are now in the final phase to start the recruitment of the workers soon.

Nurul Islam is scheduled to brief reporters about the developments of the recruitment tomorrow, they added.

Malaysia has been a popular destination for Bangladeshi migrant workers over the last three decades but the recruitment process has always been tainted by malpractices that result in labour abuses.

Following massive irregularities during 2006 and 2008, Malaysia froze recruitment from Bangladesh in early 2009. In late 2012, the country began labour recruitment on a limited scale, but it did not work well allegedly for the influence of recruitment agents having vested interests in both the countries.

Currently, around three lakh Bangladeshis are working in different sectors in Malaysia legally while a good number of the Bangladeshis are also working without legal documents.

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