Sending Workers to Malaysia, No significant development yet
Three weeks have elapsed since the officials of the two countries agreed over all terms for recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia in the Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting, and Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad declared to start sending workers by this month, but no significant development has been found yet in this regard.
Malaysian employers submitted a demand letter to the embassy but the embassy has said medical centers in Dhaka need approval for conducting medical tests. In addition, the High Commission showed several excuses including inclusion of medical reports in its online modules and inclusion of reports if employees run away from their employers.
Mentioning that that none of this is the work of a High Commission, migration experts have opined that it seems that these conditions are being imposed only to delay the process or to stop the migration of Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia.
Since the two countries have agreed on all the issues, the task of the High Commission is to receive the demand letter from the Malaysian employers, submit the contract paper, check their company profile and inspect the company/factory if necessary and send the demand letter and contract paper to the ministry after verifying those determining the actual demand, they said.
The Ministry will give permission to the concerned agency to carry out the recruitment process after completion of medical and ancillary formalities, they added.
In this regard, it is noteworthy that despite the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries on December 19 last year, six months have passed but the ministry has not taken any step regarding the section of medical center.
According to sources, on one hand, the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia said to finalise the list of medical centers before the demand letter is verified, on the other hand, the ministry is not finalising the list.
In this situation, the Malaysian government collected information from Dhaka and nominated the medical centers approved and renewed by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), installed the system and connected to the central server in Malaysia, sources said.
Now, if the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment takes steps to approve new medical centers, the whole process will be delayed and the Malaysian government will have difficulty in incorporating new medical centers in their system in place of their already approved medical centers, they added.
In addition, the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia has been instructed by a system provider designated by the Malaysian government to install all the software and equipment related to the migration process, including demand letters, contract attestations, and has long proposed to connect their modules with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, sources in Malaysia confirmed.
Without deciding on any of this, the ministry in Bangladesh is proposing to make it compulsory to recruit workers through data bank, sometimes recommending Random Sampling and sometimes telling Malaysia to adjust the ministry’s new system.
Thus the High Commission and the Ministry seem to be delaying the whole process by imposing unreasonable conditions, they said.
As a result of such activities of the ministry, a message is being sent to the Malaysian government that the concerned department/ministry of Bangladesh is not yet ready or very interested in sending workers to Malaysia.
As a result, the demand letters approved by the Malaysian government in favour of Bangladesh are going to other neighbouring countries.
According to the Malaysian Human Resource minister, his ministry has issued a demand letter for the recruitment of 230,000 employees by June 15 this year. A big portion of these demand letters is supposed to be sent to Bangladesh but due to lax activities and indecision, these are going to 12 other source countries including Nepal.
Despite everything being finalised between the two countries, the Malaysian labour market is on the verge of collapse due to the above complexities, indecisiveness and bureaucratic procrastination.
Considering all these aspects, in the interest of employment of workers and the overall interest of the country, it is necessary for the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia to start issuing demand letter and contract paper and it has become imperative for the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment to give necessary instructions to the high commission in this regard.