The Ministry of Human Resources of the country has suspended the application for approval of the quota for taking new foreign workers from 15 countries including Bangladesh. This information was given in a statement on Saturday (March 18).
Malaysian Human Resources Minister V Sivakumar said the application and approval of quota for foreign workers in the Foreign Worker Employment Relaxation Plan (PKPPA) has been suspended from March 18 until a later date is announced.
This decision was taken after the ministry approved a total of 995,396 employment quotas for foreign workers from various sectors till March 14.
In this regard, the Minister of Human Resources said that the number of entry of foreign workers is still less compared to the approved quota of the Ministry.
Till March 5, 1 lakh 21 workers have gone to Malaysia. Apart from this, 1 lakh 9 thousand 500 people have been given clearance from Manpower Employment and Training Bureau-BMET till March 5.
On the other hand, as of March 5, Malaysian employers have received approval from the government to hire 3,14,473 workers from Bangladesh. The Ministry of Human Resources of the country has approved 3 lakh 14 thousand 473 quotas for Bangladesh so far.
Earlier, up to March 1, the Bangladesh High Commission’s labor welfare wing in Malaysia has confirmed the demand letter for the recruitment of 2 lakh 199 workers. 1 lakh 22 thousand 2 e-visas were issued by MEFC, the organization that cooperates in issuing visas to workers going to Malaysia.
In a courtesy meeting with Malaysian Human Resource Minister V Shivakumar on February 8, Bangladesh High Commissioner Md. Golam Sarwar In this context, the country’s human resource minister promised a meeting of the joint working group this month.
Recruitment of workers from Bangladesh to Malaysia was closed from September 1, 2018. After long negotiations and various uncertainties, Malaysia and Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding on December 19, 2021 for the recruitment of workers. On June 2, 2022, the two countries met in Dhaka under the leadership of Malaysian HRD Minister M Saravanan to resolve the outstanding issues including technical issues. The two ministers officially announced the opening of the labor market. According to the memorandum of understanding, the workers started going to Malaysia from August 8, 2022.
In the beginning, the Malaysian government announced to recruit workers from Bangladesh through 25 recruiting agencies. Later, the country added 75 more recruiting agencies in two phases.