Malaysia to hire more Bangladeshis
Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER
DHAKA, DEC 17: The Malaysian government has given a green signal to recruit more new Bangladeshi workers after completion of the legalisation process of 2, 80,000 migrants within January next. Malaysian home minister Hishammuddin Hussein gave the signal recently during a meeting with Bangladesh high commissioner to Kuala Lumpur AKM Atiqur Rahman following talks with heads of mission of India, Nepal, Myanmar and Indonesia on legalisation process of migrant workers of those countries.
The Bangladesh envoy said the Malaysian government would finalise a framework to recruit Bangladeshi workers. The Kuala Lumpur mission is carrying out ground work to facilitate the recruiting process, Rahman said. “Before hiring Bangladeshi workers, the Malaysian home ministry wants to legalise all migrants within the shortest possible time,” he said, adding that a bright future for Bangladeshi workers lies ahead.
Bangladesh High Commission will sit with senior officials of Malaysia next week to discuss about the legalisation process. The recommendations of the meeting will be submitted to the Malaysian home ministry.
Bangladesh mission will sit with the Malaysian home minister finally in next January, according to sources.
“If all things go alright, by the end of January or the first week of February Bangladeshi workers may get chance to fly to Malaysia to try their fortune,” said an official.
Around 2,80,000 illegal Bangladeshi workers have registered their names with Malaysian government that started on August 1 with fingerprint under the 6P-Programme. Of them, 185,000 have applied for passports and the Bangladesh mission has issued 1, 60,000. Around 95,000 workers are yet to apply for passports. Every day around 4,000 passports are being delivered, the high commission sources have said.
Under the 6P-Programme, the Malaysian government will legalise 300,000 undocumented Bangladeshi workers by allowing registration. Later, they will be given fresh work permit.