Bangladesh and Malaysia at a ministerial level meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday decided to allow all the authorized recruiting agencies in Bangladesh to send workers to Malaysia.
Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam and Malaysian human resource minister M. Kulasegaran led their sides at the talks, says an EWOE Ministry press release.
The two sides also decided to re-introduce ‘calling visas ’ which would allow workers to fly to the Kuala Lumpur Airport where they would wait at designated corner to be led way by their employers.
The calling visa system was abandoned in 2012 as it had created problems for the workers on landing in KL.
The two ministers discussed the issue of legalization of undocumented Bangladeshi workers
in Malaysia and Malaysia positively responded, the press release added.
The ministerial level talks were preceded by a meeting of the Joint Working Group where Bangladesh High Commissioner Md Shahidul Islam led an 11-member Bangladesh team.
Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim
Reza, EWOE Ministry additional secretary Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, foreign ministry director general Delwar Hossain, Prime
Minister Office director Mosharraf Hossain and
senior officials from the home ministry and the Bangladesh High Commission in KL took part in
the Joint Working Group meeting.
Migrant rights activists expressed concern over the re-introduction of the calling visa system under
which many workers of Bangladesh became victims of cheating on arrival in KL.
Over seven lakh Bangladeshi workers are currently working in Malaysia, according to EWOE Ministry officials.
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