Undocumented workers

Malaysia to rehire Bangladeshis

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:47, Jan 18,2017 | Updated: 01:18, Jan 18,2017


An unspecified number of undocumented foreign workers in Malaysia would be given temporary work permits, deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday.
 Between 2.5 lakh to three lakh undocumented Bangladeshi workers are expected to derive benefits from the Malaysian decision, Bangladesh High Commission officials in KL told New Age.
They said that the workers from Bangladesh became undocumented on expiry of their employment visas.
Bangladesh High commissioner in KL Md Shahidul Islam told New Age that he was yet to receive official communication on the issue.
But he described the decision as reported by the Malaysian media as a positive development.
In February last year, the Malaysian government froze hiring foreign workers.
KL daily, The Star, in a report published Tuesday carried the announcement by Malaysian deputy prime minister and home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Hamidi was quoted as saying that the decision would allow Malaysian employers to apply for temporary cards for their illegal workers once the Attorney-General’s Chambers has sorted the legal process.
The KL daily report said that the decision would benefit Malaysian poultry, mining and quarrying, cargo handing as well as hospitality and tourism industries.
‘We are aware of the shortages faced by these sectors and that is why we will allow employers to take in workers so that their operations will not be disrupted,’ said Hamidi.
Now, over six lakh Bangladeshi workers are employed in Malaysia, said officials.

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