Home > News > Nation
Sunday November 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Sunday November 17, 2013 MYT 6:55:20 AM
by rahimy rahim
DHAKA: Enhancing bilateral ties between Malaysia and Bangladesh will be the top priority during the first visit of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to Bangladesh today.
The three-day official visit will see Najib inaugurating the Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Memorial Hospital and Nursing College, Wisma Putra said.
It was reported that Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had extended the invitation to Najib during the UN General Assembly in September.
The hospital, which was named after the late mother of the Bangladesh Prime Minister, will be managed by KPJ Malaysia.
High Commissioner of Malaysia to Bangladesh Norlin Othman said the two leaders would also discuss measures to implement the existing memorandum of understanding on recruitment of workers between the two governments.
“The state of good relations between Malaysia and Bangladesh is reflected in the fast-growing bilateral co-operation spanning a broad range of sectors including economic, technical assistance, trades and employment of the Bangladeshi workforce in Malaysia.
“Last year, we signed an MoU with Bangladesh to take workers specifically from the plantation sector.
“The Government will ensure that the rights of Bangladeshi workers will be protected under the existing MoU. The aim is to eliminate the middleman,” she said.
The Prime Minister’s visit to Bangladesh underlines the importance of the relationship, including to boost opportunities in various sectors such as medical tourism and education.
“Although there are no pressing issues that need to be resolved, Malaysia aims to strengthen cooperation as both countries share many similarities including religion, culture and tradition,” said Norlin.
Malaysia, she said, was the third largest investment partner of Bangladesh among the South Asia countries after India and Pakistan, with Malaysian companies investing about RM558.86mil last year in the telecommunications, power generation, textile and financial sectors.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, is due to leave Dhaka for Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19.
Tags / Keywords:
Government, Malaysia, Bangladesh
Selangor will be wary when they host Sarawak in Malaysia Cup tie
Coach Elavarasan wants individual brilliance in Malaysia Cup return leg
Malaysia refiners call for common palm oil export duty plan with Indonesia
Online survey on Uber, GrabCar and Malaysia's taxis
Malaysia makes top 10 list of most generous nations
Kevin was never involved in 1MDB case, A-G Mohamed Apandi reiterates
Abdul Rahman dismisses Charles’ allegations over Kevin’s murder
Sombre affair at wake of teenage actor
257 Chinese schools have received RM10.91mil from Budget 2015 allocation
IGP: DNA taken from Bernard Then’s family members sent to Philippine authorities
Eight experiences you can’t miss when in Australia
Bemelmans ready for daunting task of stopping Murray
Car-free day attracts hundreds
Air Asia free seat promotion begins today
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)