Malaysia: Activists raise concerns over Bangladesh syndicate for migrant worker recruitment
"Migration activists concerned over “syndicate” for sending workers to Malaysia", 9 January 2022
Migration activists and manpower exporters are concerned over the floating information that Malaysia would allow a syndicate of 25 recruiting agencies to send workers from Bangladesh, while 250 more agencies would work as sub-agents.
The news is now viral on social media. However, it could not be checked as the recruiting country is yet to disclose the details of the recent deal with Bangladesh.
Malaysia...lifted the ban on recruiting Bangladeshi workers, which it imposed in 2018 over some irregularities in the recruitment process...
"We have been confirmed from various sources in Malaysia that 25 Bangladesh-based recruiting agencies will send workers and 250 agencies will work as sub-agents", Andy Hall, a Malaysia-based rights activist, told The Business Standard...
"If these 25 agencies are chosen through a transparent open tender process and based on their previous track record, it would be acceptable. But this is not happening in this case," he added.
"Agencies are allegedly being picked depending on their relations with the syndicate leaders. Political power can be abused here."
Hall called for looking into the allegations.
Shamim Ahmed Chowdhury, former secretary-general of the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies, told TBS, "Though our expatriate ministry has been claiming that there would be no syndicate, now we are getting information from various sources that it is happening."
"But, we will not accept such things this time again," he added.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment in a statement recently said the employers would select Bangladeshi agents...from the list of legitimate recruitment agencies sent by Bangladesh.