Dhaka-KL manpower talks tomorrow

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan  | Published: 00:18, Nov 05,2019


Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Monday left for Kuala Lumpur for four-day talks with Malaysian Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran, scheduled to kick off tomorrow in Putrajaya.

Officials told New Age that during the talks Bangladesh would request Malaysia to reopen its job market to Bangladeshi workers.

Malaysia suspended hiring workers from Bangladesh in September 2018.

The Bangladesh delegation would include High Commissioner to KL Md Shahidul Islam, EWOE ministry secretary Salim Reza, additional secretaries Ahmed Munirus Saleheen and Fazlul Karim, prime minister’s office director general Md Azizur Rahman and Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director Nurul Islam.

Officials said that ‘reopening of the Malaysia job market was more important than taking action against the syndicate of 10 recruiting agencies.

After the manpower talks, the two sides are scheduled to hold Joint Working Group meeting.

Bangladesh High Commission officials said that Malaysia froze recruitment of workers from Bangladesh in September 2018.

According to Malaysian media, a large number of undocumented Bangladeshi workers were arrested by Malaysian immigration authorities in major crackdowns against undocumented expatriate workers since July last year.

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

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