Bangladesh and Malaysia are set to work out a new system of recruitment of workers at their Joint Working Group meeting due to begin in Dhaka on October 31.
Officials told New Age on Monday that Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry secretary Raunak Jahan would lead the home side at the talks.
They said that the two sides were expected to work out the cost of migration, the system of recruitment and workers’ protection.
EWOE ministry officials said that the two sides were expected to work out migration cost on the basis of the rates fixed by Bangladesh government at Tk 1.6 lakh for construction workers and Tk 1.4 lakh for agriculture workers.
On September 25, a Bangladesh delegation led by EWOE minister Nurul Islam held a meeting with Malaysian minister for Human Resources in Kuala Lumpur and they decided to work out a new recruitment system to eliminate all sorts of malpractices.
Bangladesh high commissioner in Kuala Lumpur Shahidul Islam told New Age that the Malaysia government agreed to let over 70,000 Bangladeshi workers, who were selected under the suspended G2G plus system, enter Malaysia until November.
Since 2015, about 2.5 lakh Bangladeshi workers were sent to Malaysia under the so called G2G Plus system that gave monopoly rights to 10 Bangladeshi agencies to hire the workers.
Over seven lakh Bangladeshi workers are currently working in Malaysia, according to EWOE officials.
Quoting Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, KL daily, The Star reported that Malaysian government wanted to put in place a single and non-discriminatory system of hiring expatriate workers.
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