Bangladeshi workers will be able to migrate to work in Malaysia with a low cost mechanism, said Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Tuesday.
The minister also said Malaysia is expected to start hiring manpower from Bangladesh soon.
He made the remarks while speaking at a press conference over the outcome of bilateral meeting with his Malaysian counterpart. It was held at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban in the city.
The bilateral meeting was held in Kuala Lumpur on November 6 about manpower recruitment. Bangladesh’s expatriates’ welfare minister Imran Ahmed and Malaysian human resource minister M. Kulasegaran took part on behalf of their countries.
The next joint working group meeting will be held on November 24-25 in Dhaka. Afterward, the South East Asian country will reopen the market, according to the minister.
Ahmed said both the countries have agreed on a single medical test of workers before departure from Bangladesh.
The minister said he asked Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies to explain why it sent letter to Malaysian minister about recruitment of workers from Bangladesh.
He also said BAIRA had no authority to act as consultant to the Malaysian minister, bypassing the government of Bangladesh.
Imran Ahmad said, ‘as BAIRA is the association of all recruiting agencies, I wanted to interact with them for my own interest and I was moving ahead through discussion.’
‘But at one stage, BAIRA started thinking that they became organ of the government. It is their concept and it is wrong,’ he said.
He said they have no right to say anything especially to a foreign government’s minister on the topic of overseas employment when Bangladesh’s EWOE minister would be his counterpart.
‘It is no more acceptable. I have served them letter. Till now, they are yet to send any reply,’ he said.
He assumed that the BAIRA had no honest will to reply the letter and send their reaction.
Replying another question, the minister said he was under pressure but he had the capacity to tolerate it because of the prime minister’s strong support to him.
About syndicates, Imran Ahmad said he did never favour for any unethical syndicate in manpower recruitment.
He blasted parliamentarians’ caucus on migration and development chairman Israfil Alam for his comments on social media about his favouring syndicate.
EWOE secretary Salim Reza read out a statement and said Malaysia and Bangladesh agreed to recruit workers from Bangladesh through recruiting agencies of both countries at a nominal migration cost.
Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Shamsul Alam and EWOE additional secretaries Ahmed Minirus Saleheen, Nojibul Islam, Sabiha Parvin, and Shahidul Alam were present, among others, at the press conference.