September 2, 2012
NEW DELHI: The Bangladesh government wants Malaysia to recognise Dhaka as a source country for workers as it will reduce difficulties in migration, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan said.
He said Malaysia needs about 400,000 to 500,000 workers for the plantation, construction, manufacturing and agricultural sectors and was keen to recruit workers from Bangladesh.
“We want Bangladesh to be recognised as a source country. If the provisions are made, we’ll be able to send workers to Malaysia regularly,” he told United News of Bangladesh news agency.
The Malaysian government wants to recruit workers under a government-to-government arrangement instead of recruiting through private companies, he said.
“We think the involvement of the private sector can be gradually achieved once the government-to-government recruitment process is kicked off,” he added.
A delegation of the Malaysian government would visit Bangladesh in the second week of September to discuss ways for recruiting workers, said Dr Zafar.
On Aug 11, Malaysian Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said in Kuala Lumpur that he would lead a delegation to Bangladesh after Aidilfitri to observe the recruitment system adopted by the Bangladesh government.
He said that during the visit, officers from his ministry and the Home Ministry would study the mechanism in Bangladesh as the recruitment would be carried out on a government-to-government basis. — BERNAMA
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