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Malaysia job market reopening

Malaysia job market 
reopening

A large part of the country’s foreign remittance comes from the labour force working in the Middle-East and in several South-East Asian nations. Of the latter region, Malaysia had always been a preferred spot since it is a country with a long standing close relation with Bangladesh.

Regrettably, the Malaysian job prospect was manipulated by unscrupulous agents, brokers both here in Bangladesh and in Malaysia resulting in the closure of the market two years ago. However, Bangladesh has carried out relentless dialogue with Malaysia for re-opening the labour market and such a possibility may become reality soon. Once this happens, there will be benefits from several angles, starting with the stoppage of illegal human trafficking to Malaysia via several spots in Teknaf.

 After the Rohingyas came to Bangladesh, groups of unethical human traffickers have become very active near the camps with promises of better life in Malaysia. Inveigled by such nefarious elements, many have perished at sea. Apart from Rohingyas, Bangladeshis aspiring to work overseas are also being victimized by brokers. Suffice it to say, such unlawful practices will only stop when a legal link to Malaysia is restored.

However, before re-opening a labour market, Bangladesh has to ensure rights of workers because if the other party feels that by taking workers they are doing us a favour then, over time, the workers will face discrimination in treatment and payment. Unless a proper agreement is signed with clearly delineated labour rights, there is no point in opening up the job market because in recent times countless workers coming back from the gulf-states have recounted tales of horrific treatment ranging from starvation to unbearable physical torture.

Any agreement with a country willing to take workers from Bangladesh must have clauses which safeguard the well-being of the workers and ensures a system under which a person can lodge a complaint if his/her wages are not paid on time. In addition, the brokers and middlemen need to be uprooted. Much of the misery is due to the presence of a third party in the process, which takes away most of the money, often depriving the worker of the just payment. Bangladesh on the other hand has the duty to set up proper training facilities so workers who are going abroad have basic language skills and are aware of job etiquette. It’s encouraging that the job market in Malaysia is opening soon though it has to be done strategically to avoid any misunderstanding in the future which may result in its abrupt stoppage.

 

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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