Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– A Malaysian delegation headed by Malaysian Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri S Subramaniam will arrive in Dhaka on Wednesday to finalize a manpower recruitment mechanism with their Bangladeshi counterparts, said officials.
The visit of the 10-member delegation is expected to open the door for exporting Bangladesh’s manpower to the potential destination, they said.
Both the countries are interested to appoint the job seekers through Government to Government (G to G) dealings to avoid any untoward situation created by the unscrupulous manpower traders. The issue will get priority in the meeting, they added.
Bangladesh is in favour of initiating a G to G arrangement for reducing migration cost and harassment of the overseas job seekers, according to the officials.
Through G to G, they can send workers to that country at a cost of only BDT 40,000 each, a senior official of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) said, adding that if the receiving country provides plane fare the migration cost will be BDT 20,000.
Now overseas job seekers have to pay more than BDT 200,000 each for a job in Malaysia whereas Bangladesh fixed migration cost at BDT 84,000 each, according to the migrants.
Bangladeshi workers have established a good reputation in Malaysia which widens the possibility of getting priority in recruitment of a major portion of workers from Bangladesh, the BMET official added.
On the other hand, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) Secretary General Ali Haider Chowdhury opposed the G to G system and said Malaysia is the long-cherished overseas job market for Bangladeshi manpower where thousands of workers can be employed. “It is our right to send workers there.”
Over the lower migration cost of the G to G arrangement for Malaysia, the BAIRA Secretary General said it was only a day-dream and could not be executed by the government.
BBN/SSR/AD-12Sept12-8:40 am (BST)