Migrant Workers Recruitment

Return of syndicate feared as Malaysia to go for G2G plus

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:56, Nov 08,2019 | Updated: 21:34, Nov 08,2019


The controversial manpower syndicate could return to hire Bangladeshi workers for Malaysia as the two countries agreed to revive the suspended Government to Government Plus System, in short the G2G.

Bangladesh and Malaysia agreed to sign Memorandum of Understanding on manpower recruitment in Dhaka on November 19, said officials.

Expatriates’ Welfare Minister Imran Ahmad and Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran took the decisions at a meeting in Putra Jaya on Wednesday.

A senior EWOE official told New Age that the Malaysia agreed to hire workers from Bangladesh at the migration cost.

Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development chairman Israfil Alam, MP, who was in Malaysia told New Age that the  discredited manpower syndicate was active to control recruitment of workers for Malaysia.

He said that the syndicate had several meetings with Imran Ahmad in Putrajaya.

Israfil sought immediate intervention from prime minister Sheikh Hasina to prevent the ‘destructive game’ over the recruitments for Malaysia.

In a statement Israfil Alam said that he previously had many meetings with bar association, human rights defenders association, the association of Malaysian employers, the Malaysian business community, Malaysian MPs and ministers, the Bangali community in Malaysia and journalists, none of whom supported the move to revive the controversial syndicate in Dhaka.

 He said that the recruitments should be extended equal opportunities to all the licenced recruiting agencies to send workers to Malaysia.

He said that the syndicate had increased to cost of migration to Malaysia to Tk three to four lakh for each worker.

‘Allowing the syndicate to resume the business as usual would be suicidal,’ he said

Only 10 Bangladeshi recruiting agents were authorized to hire Bangladeshi worker for Malaysia under the G2G Plus System led to suspension of the system by Malaysia in September 2018.

Global Migration expert and Dhaka University professor of International relations CR Abrar said that in the past the syndicate had failed to send workers to Malaysia.

‘The biggest concern is to ensure that our workers can go to work in Malaysia at reasonable cost and to redress their problems after migration,’ he said

If the workers get into problems, they should be protected by the agreement in Malaysia without sending them back, said Abrar, also chair of Bangladesh Civil Society for Migration.

The migrant workers should be allowed to change their jobs, if necessary, he said.

Currently, about 10 lakh Bangladeshis work in Malaysia, according to the BMET.

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