First batch workers go to Malaysia tomorrow

DHAKA, March 9, 2017 (BSS)- Malaysia has started recruiting Bangladeshi workers, after a long interval, on the basis of government-to-government (G-to-G) arrangement.

"The first batch of 102 Bangladeshi workers who got appointments as 'cargo ladder' at Kuala Lumpur International Airport will leave here for Malaysia tomorrow," expatriate welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam, BSc, said this while talking to reporters here.

He said the Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight BG-086, carrying 102 workers, will leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9pm on Friday.

An official familiar to the process told BSS that some 300 more workers will go Malaysia in phases within March, saying these workers have already got smartcard from BMET to go abroad.

An orientation programme for the workers was held at Technical Training Institute (TTC) under Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET). Each of the workers of first batch would get Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) 1,500 equivalent to Bangladesh Taka (BDT) 27,000 per month.

Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agency (BAIRA) secretary general Ruhul Amin said "We have got permission from BMET for recruitment. In the first phase, workers would be sent for working in plantation, factories and service sectors."

Since 2009, Malaysian had stopped taking Bangladeshi workers and started recruiting workers again from 2013 but the process could not function properly.

On February 18 last year, an agreement was signed between Malaysia and Bangladesh for taking workers on G to G basis but a day after the agreement, all of a sudden, Malaysia announced to stop taking workers.

A few months back, Malaysia withdrew its announcement and decided to take Bangladeshi workers on G to G basis.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)