Dhaka, Bangladesh
BD to work out detailed plan to send workers to KL

BD to work out detailed plan to send workers to KL

News Report: Bangladesh should work out a detailed plan to send workers to Malaysia at zero cost as the manpower export to the Southeast country plummeted to less one thousand in the concluding year 2019, sources said Manpower export to overseas countries dropped some 5.00 per cent last year as Bangladesh exported a total of 700,159 workers in the just concluded calendar year 2019. Malaysia recruited a total of Bangladeshi 545 workers last year. Bangladesh needs to explore new labour market in overseas countries as the country's manpower export dropped in the just concluded calendar year 2019, sources in the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) and Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) said. Bangladesh exported a total of 734,181 workers in 2019 and 1008,525 workers in 2018,according to data of BMET. According to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), Bangladeshi workers are currently sent to 168 countries. Bangladesh needs to work hard on reopening of labour markets in UAE and Malaysia to give a boost to manpower export, said a Baira leader. A BAIRA leader while talking to The News Today said that the 'Nepali model' to sent workers at zero cost to Malaysia can give Bangladesh to negotiate successfully with the Southeast Asia in labour migration. As per the MoU between Malaysia and Nepal, the employers themselves will bear the service tax, cost of two-way air ticket, visa surcharge and the cost of medical check-up, security check etc. that is levied while sending workers to Malaysia. Provision has been made for not charging the additional charge that was taken from the Nepali workers. Last year, Malaysia signed a labour deal with Nepal, stipulating that workers will not have to pay any recruitment cost. Employers are responsible for the recruitment service charges, two-way airfare, visa fees, health check-up, security screening and levy charges. Officials of Bangladesh and Malaysia met several times last year, but are yet to sign a new deal, though Malaysia suffers from labour shortage in its industries. Bangladesh and Malaysia are working closely to finalize a draft to recruit manpower at zero cost that is expected to facilitate the hiring of Bangladeshis into the Southeast Asian country soon, sources in Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur said . "I'm sending the Malaysia-Bangladesh Joint Working Group to Dhaka, Bangladesh, soon to iron out the remaining issues on the zero-cost recruitment agreement," said Malaysian Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran. "Almost all matters have been settled and we have come very close to finalising it," he was quoted by Malaysian newspaper the Malaysian Reserve on Thursday. "The Bangladeshi government has said they won't be sending workers without due compliance and there must be due compliance to the necessary provision, just like what we reached with Nepal," he added. Malaysia, which is home to some eight lakh Bangladeshis, suspended labour recruitment from Bangladesh in September 2018 following allegations that a syndicate of 10 Bangladeshi agents -- with support from Malaysia -- controlled labour recruitment between 2016 and 2018, when recruitment cost went up to Tk 4 lakh. Malaysia's previous government had insisted on a selection of the 10 Bangladeshi agents in the recruitment job, but the Mahathir-led government suspended it.

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