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HC: Submit report on Malaysian manpower recruiting syndicate by July 18

A writ was filed last year against  monopoly syndicate of recruiting agencies

Update : 26 Jun 2019, 10:55 PM

The High Court has ordered an inter-ministerial committee to submit a report on 10 recruiting agencies reportedly monopolizing the business of sending manpower to Malaysia. 

The probe report has to be submitted by July 18, ordered on Wednesday by the High Court bench of Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal Islam.

Barristers Akhter Imam and Rashna Imam stood for the writ petition that was filed last year.

On October 29 last year, the High Court directed the government to form an inter-ministerial committee to investigate the monopoly of 10 recruiting agencies and submit the report within six months.

Following the directive, a committee was formed to include an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) member. 

However, the ACC member soon asked the court to be withdrawn from the committee. The court rejected the application and ordered the submission within the fixed date.

The court gave the order and rule after a writ petition was filed by 10 recruitment agencies against 10 other agencies supposedly monopolizing the business of sending manpower to Malaysia 

The petitioners contested that the arbitrary selection of a syndicate of 10 agencies had deprived over a thousand competent government-approved agencies of their fundamental right to run a lawful trade guaranteed by article 40 of the constitution.

The syndicate was formed after Bangladesh and Malaysia signed a recruitment deal – G-to-G Plus – in early 2016. 

Over 200,000 Bangladeshis have gone to Malaysia since early 2017, under the G-to-G Plus deal. 

However, Malaysia suspended labour recruitment from Bangladesh since September 1, 2018. This came following allegations of the exploitation of migrant workers and high recruitment fees being charged by the syndicate of 10 companies against whom the writ petition was filed.  

The high migration costs deter and discourage the migration of workers, reducing remittances to the country, the petition said.

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