Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment minister Nurul Islam on Monday told parliament that he would visit Malaysia soon to stop harassment of Bangladeshi workers in the country.
Responding to lawmakers’ queries, the minister also informed the house that Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia had undertaken 15 programmes to legalise undocumented Bangladeshi migrant workers there.
‘The ministry (Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment) is aware of Bangladeshi workers’ harassment in Malaysia. If their [Malaysia] concerned minister cannot come to Bangladesh, I will visit the country soon to meet their minister to talk about the issue,’ the minister said.
‘The government will take measures so that the Bangladeshi migrants can move freely and can work without any harassment in Malaysia,’ added Nurul Islam.
In a scripted answer, the minister said: ‘We have undertaken various programmes to create scope for undocumented workers to get legalization in Malaysia.’
He said the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur had requested Malaysian government to stop detention and to give scope for legalisation to the undocumented workers.
In this regard, he said, the Malaysian government provided e-card to workers and workers would be able to use the ecards to collect passports and register their names in the rehearing programme.
The minister said the high commission gave charge to three vendor companies for managing registration in the rehearing programme.
‘Of the three vendor companies, workers have been urged to get registration with their employers/representatives to any vendor company and aware them to avoid broker, agent or middleman in the rehearing programme,’ he said.
In the 15 programmes for legalisation of undocumented workers, the high commission as well as the government distributed leaflets in Bangla language and necessary information supplied to print and electronic media to this end, he added.
In reply to another query, Nurul Islam informed the house that the government had taken punitive measures, including cancelling licence, against 55 recruiting agencies in last five years since 2014 for harassing migrant workers.
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