Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday said Malaysia will send the demand letter for manpower import from Bangladesh later this month.
He told a press conference the registration of job seekers will begin from the first week of January after Malaysia sends the demand letter according to the deal.
Malaysia and Bangladesh had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Nov 26 in Kula Lumpur for official manpower export from Bangladesh. The minister on Sunday briefed the media on the MoU after returning from Malaysia.
“The sending process of workers will begin after all official formalities finish within the next two months. As per the calculation, the process to send workers to Malaysia will begin in end-February.”
Hossain said Malaysia will initially take 30,000 workers to work in the forestation sector.
The agreement on manpower export to Malaysia officially was signed on Nov 26 following different formalities between the countries after one and a half year.
Earlier, the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) had also said that Bangladesh will begin manpower export from coming January. The country will send a total of 500,000 labours, 50,000 in the first batch.
It will take maximum Tk 40,000 – Tk 50,000 to travel to Malaysia.
The labourers will go to Malaysia on eight months’ visa and will be paid Tk 25,000 – Tk 30,000 a month. They will be offered renewal three months before the visa expires, and the employers would bear the flight expenses.
Malaysia will take labours for a total of five courses including gardening, forestation, construction and agricultural works. Gender and district-wise quota directives will be followed.
Labourers seeking jobs will be selected in accordance with applications filed within the time specified by the government circular. Job-seekers can register online free of cost, and applicants will have to have a machine-readable passport (MRP).