Dhaka: 3:44 AM, Thu, 12 Dec, 2019

Malaysia to open labour market for Bangladeshi workers soon

A K Azad : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2019-07-16 5:20:25 PM     ||     Updated: 2019-07-17 1:16:30 PM

International Desk: The moratorium on migrant workers from Bangladesh is expected to be lifted next month the soonest, says Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.

"I hope we can conclude within one or two months of the review on the moratorium that is now in the final stage, so that labour supply from Bangladesh can resume,” he said at a press conference after officiating the opening of the 9th International Planters Conference on Monday.

The suspension of workers from Bangladesh had affected several major industries in the country, especially the plantation and construction sectors, and the lifting of the moratorium is expected to ease labour woes in these sectors. 

On Sept 1, 2018 Putrajaya suspended the Foreign Worker Application System (SPPA) for Bangladeshi workers, which only allowed the recruitment process to be carried out by 10 selected agencies approved by the previous government.

Last week, Bangladesh’s Minister of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Imran Ahmad, who was in Kuala Lumpur, said Bangladesh expects to reach an agreement with Malaysia on a new recruitment mechanism next month.

Imran also assured that the new mechanism and process for the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers for employment in Malaysia would be a transparent one.

"It is a matter of time to make this system right. The old system is not working, so for the new system, we will get everybody involved and work on it. I think in August, there could be a solution,” he said.

Imran estimated some 400,000 Bangladeshi workers were currently working legally in Malaysia.

risingbd/Dhaka/July 16, 2019