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The government is going to resettle the cost of sending labourers to Malaysia in a Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting scheduled to be held on October 26, said sources.
Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry sources said to settle the cost of sending workers; a high-profile Malaysian delegation is scheduled to arrive on October 26. Ministries of the two countries will take the final decision over the cost in the JWG meeting.
Earlier, in 2016, the government through a G2G agreement fixed the cost at Tk 37,500.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA), a platform of private recruiting agencies, recently placed a proposal to the ministry to fix the cost of sending construction or factory worker, in G2G Plus system, at Tk 1,60,000, and agricultural worker at Tk 1,40,000.

The proposal would also be finalised at the October 26 JWG meeting.

BAIRA’s proposal to the ministry is not just about immigration to Malaysia; it also proposes different cost-proposals to send workers to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Maldives, Singapore, Iraq and Mauritius.

BAIRA sources claimed if their proposal is accepted and implemented, the recruiting agencies, workers and ministry officials – all would get rid of the sufferings inflicted by the middlemen for long.

Earlier on October 8, the ministry held a meeting on ‘How to contain the immigration cost of workers’, chaired by the secretary to the ministry Rawnak Jahan. Among others, the meeting was participated by Manpower Employment and Training Bureau director general Selim Reza, BAIRA president Benzir Ahmed general secretary Shamim Ahmed Chowdhury.

In this regard, Shamim Ahmed said, “At the meeting, the ministry formed a five-member committee led by Manpower Employment and Training Bureau director general to evaluate our proposal and take steps in this regard.”

“Expatriate welfare minister has also instructed concerned officials to implement our proposal within next three months,” he added.

Mentionable, before the introduction of the G2G system about eight million workers went to Malaysia in 2007 and 2008. Many of them did not get jobs in the organisation mentioned in their visa. Ultimately, Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur was forced to open shelter homes for helpless workers.

In 2016, under G2G agreement, the cost of sending workers to Malaysia was fixed at Tk 37.5 thousand. In 2017, about 99,787 Bangladeshi workers went to the country. And till August 18, 10 recruiting agencies have sent 1,525,819 workers.