‘Malaysia to reopen its job market for Bangladeshis this year’

Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran AhmadUNB file photo

Expatriates' welfare and overseas employment minister Imran Ahmed has said Malaysia will reopen its job market for Bangladeshis by this year-end after a gap of over three years, reports UNB.

“The Malaysian government has shown interest in signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with our government over the issue. The final date will be known in a day or two after we get the necessary documents,” he told reporters at Sylhet Circuit House on Friday night.

The minister further said the job market will be reopened for Bangladeshi workers in several sectors -- tree plantation, gardening, agriculture, production, mining, construction and domestic service.

Besides, another MoU will be signed for sending workers to Greece legally, said Imran, urging people to refrain from going abroad illegally.

Malaysia is one of the most popular destinations for Bangladeshi workers. As many as 1,057,056 Bangladeshis have found work in Malaysia between 1976 and 2019, according to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET).

Manpower export to Malaysia has remained suspended since 2018.