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Malaysia returnees protest in front of Foreign Ministry demanding return

  • Published at 07:28 pm November 2nd, 2020
Hundreds of Malaysia returnees and workers demonstrate
Hundreds of Malaysia returnees and workers demonstrate, demanding visas to return to their workplace, in front of the Foreign Ministry in Dhaka on Monday, November 11, 2020 Focus Bangla

A huge traffic jam formed due to the protest, which started from the National Press Club area to the Foreign Ministry

Hundreds of Bangladeshi migrant workers took to the streets in front of the Foreign Ministry demanding extension of visas and return to Malaysia as soon as possible.

A huge traffic jam formed due to the protest, which started from the National Press Club area to the Foreign Ministry, reports Bangla Tribune.

Later the demonstrators suspended their protest at around 1:30pm on Monday noon following assurance by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen that the government will take necessary steps to resolve their issues.

Akhter, a Malaysian expatriate who took part in the protest, said: "I came to the country last December on a holiday. My visa expired this September.  I was supposed to return to Malaysia this year but could not as flights were suspended due to Covid-19. 

Hundreds of Malaysia returnees and workers demonstrate, demanding visas to return to their workplace, in front of the Foreign Ministry in Dhaka on Monday, November 11, 2020 | Focus Bangla"I have been in the country for so many months. I have no income. I had to borrow money to pay my expenses. If this continues I will die of starvation."

A five-member delegation team representing the protesting migrant workers had a meeting with the Director General (South- east Asia), Ministry of Foreign Affairs MJH Jabed at around 11am.

He informed the delegation that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the Malaysian government would not allow any Bangladeshis to enter the country till December 31. 

He told the expatriates to wait till December 31 as per the decision of the Malaysian government. He also assured the demonstrators that the government will provide all necessary cooperation to ensure the return of the expatriates when the Malaysian government lifts its Covid-19 entry restrictions.

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