Undocumented 7 lakh Bangladeshi workers await deportation from Malaysia

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 01:43, Mar 24,2019


About seven lakh Bangladeshi workers who became undocumented in Malaysia await deportation, Jatiya Sangsad’s parliamentarians’ caucus on migration and development chairman Israfil Alam, MP, said Saturday.
Israfil who led a Bangladesh team to Malaysia in early March said that about five lakh Bangladeshis work legally in Malaysia.
He told the caucus’ coordination meeting at a restaurant in the capital that the Malaysian government would send back home all the undocumented expatriates.
The meeting was attended by MPs, senior officials, migrant rights activists and trade union leaders.
Israfil told the meeting that about 46,000 Bangladeshi workers failed to migrate to Malaysia even after their medical test were completed as the hiring expatriates were suspended by the Malaysian government.
Israfil visited Kuala Lumpur leading a Bangladesh team to attend a dialogue of MPs and the civil society of South And South East Asia hosted by Migrant Forum in Asia.
Malaysian Supreme Court lawyers who attended the dialogue told Israfil that Bangladeshi workers constituted the highest number of undocumented expatriates in Malaysia.
Israfil’s team included Benjir Ahmed, MP.
He said that the Malaysian government suspended the G2G plus mechanism of recruitment as a syndicate of 10 Bangladeshi recruitment agencies charged high migration fees by cheating poor workers of Bangladesh.
Caucus members Mahjabin Khaled, MP, and Selina Jahan Lita, MP, also spoke at the coordination meeting.
JS secretariat’s senior secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan, BMET director Nurul Islam, WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque, WARBE DF secretary general Faruk Ahmed, BOAF chairman Nazmul Ahsan, RMMRU director Marina Sultata and Shirin Lira of British Council also spoke.

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