Bangladesh announces MoU to supply Malaysia with 1.5 millon workers

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  • Tuesday, 09 Feb 2016

The Bangladesh government hopes to sending 1.5 million lworkers to Malaysia. - The Daily Star/Asia News Network

DHAKA: The Bangladesh cabinet approved a draft deal for ‘G2G (Government-to-Government) Plus’ that will allow private firms to send workers to Malaysia through government arrangement.

The Bangladesh government hopes to send 1.5million Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia under this deal over the next three years, Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam briefed reporters on Monday.

In addition, the expatriation cost for each will be a maximum of RM1,985. Employers will bear the full cost for expatriation.

The MoU between the two countries is expected to be signed within a month.

The new deal will recognise Bangladesh as a “source country,” the cabinet secretary said. “Before this, Bangladeshis could only work in plantation sector in Malaysia. But after this recognition, they can work in the service, manufacturing and construction sectors.”

The new deal will render the previous agreements of 2012 and 2014 void, he said. “According to the new deal, women workers can also go to Malaysia.”

The draft of the Bangladesh Shipping Corporation Act, 2016 was also placed before the cabinet for approval in principles. But, it was sent back for further scrutiny.

The decisions were taken in the regular cabinet meeting chaired by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. – The Daily Star/Asia News Network
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