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G2G plus: Malaysia to recruit Bangladesh workers in 3 sectors

Thereport24.com Correspondent, Dhaka:

In a latest development to the recruitment of Bangladesh worker to Malaysia, the Southeast Asian country has opened three sectors of its labor market - construction, plantation and manufacturing - under the ‘Government to Government (G2G) plus’ agreement between Bangladesh and Malaysia where Bangladesh is the ‘source country’ to the later.

Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc came up with the development while talking to thereport24.com at his office in the capital’s Eskaton on Tuesday.

The minister, however, could not tell the certain deadline of possible recruitment, to be started.

"Recruitment of worker is highly likely to be begun after Eid-ul-Azha," said Nurul Islam adding, workers will be sent using online system with transparency.

Abdur Rauf, joint secretary (welfare and employment) of the ministry, told thereport24.com that Bangladesh high commission in Kuala Lumpur informed the ministry of the Malaysian authorities’ decision on Monday.

Talking about the recruiting processes, this top official said, bio-matric method will be used and a technical has already begun working with it.

Replying to another quarry, Abdur Rauf said they sent a list, containing the name of 745 manpower agencies, to the Malaysian government. Employers of the country will select agencies and subsequently will send demand later to Bangladesh, he added.

After receiving the demand latter, workers will go to Malaysia, which is likely to begin either by the end of September or the beginning of October this year, according to this joint secretary.

Earlier on February 19 this year, Malaysia put on hold the recruitment of workers from all source countries as well as Bangladesh until it ascertains the actual manpower needs of industries.

Malaysia’s announcement on putting on hold the recruitment came only a day after Bangladesh on February 18 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the long-awaited ‘G2G plus' system with Malaysia to send 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers to the Southeast Asian nation over the next three years.

Under the MoU with Malaysia, Bangladesh is considered as a ‘source country’ and the other party will recruit this vast manpower in their service, construction, agriculture and manufacture sectors.

Malaysian employers will bear the cost of workers' security deposits, levies, visa fees, and health and compensation insurance.

Bangladesh was not listed as a ‘source country’ by Malaysia at the time of the announcement.

Four month later, Malaysia withdrew the announcement on foreign worker recruitment with certain limits.

At present, Malaysia is home to around 600,000 Bangladeshis workers.

Ends/thereport24.com/HB/Sept 06, 2016