Dhaka, Bangladesh
Manpower export to Malaysia

Manpower export to Malaysia

Malaysia froze recruitment of workers from Bangladesh in September, 2018. The Malaysian government has reopened the labour market for Bangladeshi workers after more than a year elapsed. This indeed augurs well for us since the shut-down of the Malaysian market gave our economy quite a jolt as remittance from abroad bolsters our nation’s coffers. It is all the more necessary for us to seize the opportunity of the resumption of manpower recruitment by Malaysia when Saudi Arabia has recently deported a large number of Bangladeshi workers. The halt in hiring workers from Bangladesh stemmed from a widespread abuse of the operation with the whole process manipulated by a cartel in the past. We were stunned to learn that an organized syndicate of ten agents allegedly raked in an enormous amount of money from Bangladeshi workers in just two years. The workers paid around Taka four lakh each to their Bangladeshi agents, who then paid half of the sum to the syndicate to have work permits approval, it was alleged. Experts, however, opined that reopening of the Malaysia job market was more important than taking action against syndicate of 10 recruiting agents. However, there should not be recurrence of such offence that might be a roadblock to recruitment of workers. Labour migration is a crucial feature of our national economy. The return of a large number of Bangladeshi workers from Gulf countries may have an adverse impact on the remittance flow. Against this backdrop, the priority must be given to a transparent system of recruitment. There have been numerous complaints in the past where workers taken abroad with promises of one kind of job and then were made to do something different or very much strenuous. Bangladesh government should declare the norms, regulations and fees while the Malaysian authorities have to be given a clear picture of the efficiency and skill of the workers. Most of the migrants often fall victims to the exploitation of a section of crooked manpower agents. The list and nature of work has to be made open to all workers who seek job abroad. No cartel or syndicate should be allowed to creep in and there has to be constant vigilance and intervention by the government so people may not be hoodwinked by any manpower export agency. No monopoly, nay oligopoly to be exact, should be allowed in recruitment of workers. Effective steps must be taken to free the sector from corruption as Malaysia previously suspended the recruitment system. Steps should also be taken to bring down the migration cost. We must not forget the fact that remittance from workers overseas keeps our foreign exchange deposit robust.

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