Prospects in the Malaysian labor market: Break the syndicate system

Malaysia has the potential to open up the labor market. The news that the Malaysian labor market has reopened for Bangladesh after a long time is positive and encouraging. Manpower export is one of the major sources of foreign exchange earnings in the country. And the countries of the Middle East are still the main target of manpower export. However, the market for manpower exports to Middle Eastern countries is shrinking day by day. Important labor markets of Bangladesh like Malaysia, UAE and Bahrain have been closed for a long time. The government has been working in various ways to open the labor market in Malaysia. Recruitment of workers in the Malaysian labor market has been suspended since September 2016 due to corruption in the process of sending workers officially (GTZ system) by 10 Bangladeshi organizations (syndicates). In the last two and a half years, there have been at least five positive announcements from various quarters regarding the launch of the labor market, but in the end it was ruined because of that syndicate. It is learned that the Malaysian government canceled GTZ Plus alleging corruption. The migration cost for workers from Bangladesh through GTZ Plus was first fixed at Tk 36,500. Later it was made 1 lakh 60 thousand rupees. But due to the syndicate, almost all the workers were forced to pay three to four and a half lakh rupees to go to Malaysia. The Malaysian government alleges that agents of the two countries have embezzled more than Tk 5,000 crore through this. 10 recruiting agencies got the job of sending staff to GTZ Plus. Those are identified as syndicates. In this situation, Malaysia excluded Bangladesh from the special method of recruitment. As a result, sending Bangladeshi workers to the country stopped. The country’s remittance flow has a negative impact. At the same time, various harassments started against the Bangladeshi irregular workers stationed there, which made us worried. One of our biggest labor migrants is working in Malaysia. Bangladesh must strengthen its position in this labor market by tackling the previous mistakes in sending workers to Malaysia. In that case, sending workers to Malaysia through transparency, accountability and tolerant spending is now a big duty. The syndicate problem is evident here. Some are talking about opening up manpower recruitment to manpower exporters. However, many think that irregularities and frauds will increase. In this context, a section of the government thinks that if the 24-point proposal of the Parliamentary Caucus on Immigration and Development is fully implemented to expand the transparency of manpower export market in Malaysia, there will be no influence of corruption and syndicates in this sector. It is necessary to keep a watchful eye on the fact that the syndicate does not increase the expenditure in any way, so that no one can form a new syndicate by exerting political influence.

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