PETALING JAYA: As many as 350,000 Bangladeshi workers are expected to be legalised in Malaysia, following a decision between the Malaysian and Bangladeshi governments earlier this year.
Quoting a Bangladeshi minister, The Daily Star today reported Putrajaya’s decision to issue temporary work permits to the undocumented workers based on telephone conversations between Prime Minister Najib Razak and his counterpart Sheikh Hasina Wazed on Jan 15.
Bangladesh’s Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam said about 350,000 undocumented Bangladeshi workers would be legalised in Malaysia, adding it was part of Malaysia’s commitment to the rehiring programme for undocumented workers.
Over 200,000 workers will be registered under the programme while the remaining 150,000 will get similar scopes, Nurul Islam was quoted as saying.
According to the minister, the timeframe for the programme has been increased by six months thanks to diplomatic efforts by Bangladesh.
Earlier this week, Malaysia’s immigration chief met with the Bangladesh high commissioner to Malaysia, as well as the envoys from other countries, on the issue of undocumented workers, or illegal migrant workers.
Immigration department director-general Mustafar Ali informed the envoys on the new Enforcement Card (E-Card) available to help employers register their undocumented workers in order to legalise them with the right documentation. The foreign missions are to help process their respective nationals with the E-Card by issuing new passports and identification documents if necessary.