Bangladesh agrees to send 1.5m workers to Msia

By Iskandar Tajuddin - 9 February 2016 @ 11:38 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given the nod to send 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia.

Bangladeshi cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said its prime minister had approved the memorandum of understanding (Mou), expected to be signed with Malaysia within a month, as reported by bdnews24.com.

He said the Bangladeshi workers will be sent under a 'G2G Plus' system after the 'Business to Business' (B2B) and 'Government to Government' (G2G) methods did not yield expected results.

“It is a major achievement of Bangladesh that Malaysia has listed us as a source country [from which to recruit manpower].

"Now workers can be sent for the service, manufacture and construction sectors. Earlier it was limited to plantation only,” he was quoted as saying.

Shafiul said once the Mou is signed, the expenditure to send a worker is between Tk34,000 and 37,000 with employers to bear the cost.

Malaysia is the one of the biggest manpower markets for Bangladesh as around 600,000 Bangladeshis are currently working in the country.

(File pix) Foreign workers from Pakistan and Bangladesh celebrating Aidil Adha at Kuala Lumpur’s Masjid Jamek. Malaysia currently has about 600,000 workers from Bangladesh and the number is expected to rise as Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given the nod to send 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia. Pix by Aizuddin Saad