Update 48 সেকেন্ড

Dhaka 8-40 pm, 15-May, 2021

Malaysia to break agents’ monopoly in hiring Bangladeshis

Mirajul Moin Joy

The Malaysian government would open up the recruitment of workers from Bangladesh to all agencies, according to New Straits Times of Malaysia.

The latest move is expected to break the monopoly of some recruiting agencies in manpower export business and thus reduce processing fees, the newspaper quoted prime minister Mahathir Muhammad as telling a press conference on Tuesday.

“Currently, only 10 agencies are allowed to process prospective Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia. This is a form of monopoly,” the Malaysian leader was quoted to have said.

Mahathir held the press conference after chairing a special committee meeting on foreign workers management in parliament.

“We are discussing with the Bangladeshi government on the matter.”the Times quoted him as saying.

Mahathir pointed out that the processing fee for each worker has gone up to RM20,000 due to monopoly.

“So, we want to expand the business to others, to all agents in Bangladesh so that there will be competition and can lead to reduced processing fees,” he was quoted to have said.

Mahathir said a single or streamlined system would be used to facilitate the hiring of foreign workers from Bangladesh and Nepal.

Around 600,000 Bangladeshis are believed to have been working in Malaysia.

He said an independent taskforce on the matter will also be formed and chaired by someone who has held high positions in the government, such as former judges and former chief secretaries.

“The committee will be supervised by the Labour Market Information and Analysis Institute.”

Responding to allegations made by Nepali Times on Bestinet Sdn Bhd’s purported involvement with a fraud syndicate that had been victimising Nepali workers, human resources minister M Kulasegaran said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed soon to resolve the issue, according to the newspaper.

“We are going to have an MoU with them to solve the issue. The MoU has been approved by the Nepalese in principle.”

Mahathir said it was an issue of interest to the Nepalese government.

“We need to have a government-to-government agreement on this matter.”

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