The Malaysian government took the decision to postpone from September 1 hiring workers from Bangladesh under the controversial government to government plus system, also called G2G Plus System, as it created a cartel of 10 Bangladeshi recruiting agencies.
The Malaysian government of Dr Mahathir Mohammad is in favour of introducing a new system..
The bilateral G2G Plus system simply failed to deliver as the cartel of 10 Bangladeshi recruiting agencies cheated the poor workers of Bangladesh by charging hefty migration fees though they were required to charge nominal fees.
The new Malaysian government is keen to reopen the process of hiring workers to all the recruiting agencies in Bangladesh to reduce the migration cost by fostering competition.
Mahathir told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month that he took the decision to break the monopoly of the 10 Bangladeshi recruiting agencies over the worker hiring process in Bangladesh.
‘We want to open up to all the agents there to allow competition,’ said Mahathir.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia Md Shahidul Islam told New Age that Bangladesh was keen to discuss with Malaysia how to make the recruitment process more efficient to protect the interest of workers.
Migrant rights campaigner and WARBE Development Foundation Chairman Syed Saiful Haque said a Malaysia bound worker’s cost of migration should not exceed two months’ wage.
‘Our government must take an effective step to keep migration cost below Tk 40,000 as the abandoned government to government system, better known as the G2G System had stipulated,’ he said.
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit director Marina Sultana called banning the cartel of 10 Bangladeshi hiring agencies by Malaysia as ‘a positive development’.
‘The process of recruitments must be transparent,’ she said.
According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, over seven lakh Bangladeshi workers are currently working in Malaysia.
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