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Minister: Workers to be sent to Malaysia at lowest possible cost

  • Published at 05:51 pm November 12th, 2019
File photo of Bangladeshi workers bound for Malaysia waiting in a queue at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka
File photo of Bangladeshi workers bound for Malaysia waiting in a queue at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Malaysia agreed to reopen its labour market for Bangladeshi workers

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed has said workers will be sent to the country at the lowest possible cost.

The minister said this on Tuesday, hoping that the Malaysian labour market will reopen for Bangladeshis soon, reports UNB.

“Those who intend to go to Malaysia as workers must deposit the amount in a bank account. This process has been adopted to ensure that the workers can be sent at a minimum migration cost,” the minister said at a press briefing on his Malaysia visit at the Probashi Kallyan Bhaban.

He also said: “To reduce the hassle for workers, both sides (Bangladesh and Malaysia) have agreed on a single medical test before leaving Bangladesh.”

When asked if workers will be sent to Malaysia through a syndicate this time, the minister said he does not know how many agencies will form a syndicate, but the main objective is to send workers to Malaysia at a low cost.

On November 6, a meeting was held between the Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed and Malaysian Human Resource Minister M Kulasegaran in Kuala Lumpur, where the Malaysian government agreed to reopen the country’s labour market for Bangladeshis at the earliest time possible.

The two ministers discussed the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia at minimum migration costs, the extent of involvement of recruiting agencies in both countries, the requisite medical tests, social and economic security of the migrants and data sharing.

The process of recruiting labourers from Bangladesh may follow a joint working group meeting on November 24-25 in Dhaka, Imran added.