Ensure safe jobs in KL (The News Today (Bangladesh))

About 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh would be brought into Malaysia in phases over three years to meet the needs of employers from various sectors, especially the plantation, construction, manufacturing and service industries.

As the industry and business of Malaysia will have to continue Malaysia looks for alternative manpower, bringing in workers from other countries, especially from Bangladesh. Malaysian government has to bring in foreign workers, including those from Bangladesh as Malaysians are not interested to work in ‘dangerous’, ‘difficult’ and ‘dirty’ sectors. In a meeting with the Bangladesh foreign minister in Malaysia recently, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi lauded the role of Bangladeshi workers in developing the Malaysian economy.

After the meeting Hamidi told the Malaysian national news agency that the issue of Bangladeshi workers was among the foci of discussions with the Bangladesh foreign minister during the 30-minute meeting. Failing to get job in Malaysia legally Bangladeshi nationals tried to enter the country illegally either by sea or land risking their life. Both the leaders of the countries stressed the need for stopping such a dangerous attempt to avoid deaths.

Experts believe workers can get job easily in Malaysia if there is no intervention by the government.

The workers who are already doing jobs in Malaysia are denied their salaries, not given accommodation and medication, it is alleged. Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia must be employed and be given due salaries and other facilities in line with international guidelines.

It is soothing to know that the Malaysian DPM in the meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister in Malaysia on last Friday said salaries, accommodation and medication of Bangladeshi workers will be ensured. He also said foreign workers who would be brought into the country must be given basic training first in Bangladesh and have the relevant education for the field and sector they would join in Malaysia.

Expressing concern over the humanitarian crisis emanating from the irregular movement of people in the Indian Ocean and other parts of the world, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister informed the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister of the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ approach to human trafficking and people’s smuggling. We hope that authorities in both the countries will give stress on employing the Bangladeshis in less dangerous, difficult and dirty jobs in Malaysia and will ensure their safe entry into the job market and will also ensure their overall security.