Nepalis may seek work in Malaysia again, says report

A photograph posted by the Nepal labour ministry shows Betty Hasan of Malaysia’s human resources ministry with Ram Prasad Ghimire, of the Nepal ministry after signing the agreement last week in Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian and Nepalese officials are reported to have worked out terms of a foreign-worker agreement that will allow Nepali citizens to seek employment in Malaysia.

The Nepali Times newspaper reported in Kathmandu today that officials of the two countries agreed last week on a safer, easier and less costly process for Nepali workers to apply for work in Malaysia.

In May last year, Nepal barred its citizens from seeking work in Malaysia after an investigation revealed collusion between corrupt officials of both countries and private companies charging workers exorbitant fees.

About 400,000 Nepalis work in Malaysian palm and rubber plantations, factories and service industries.

Malaysian and Nepali ministers signed an agreement last year that requires employers to pay for visa fees and air tickets, and provided a guarantee of salary payments the first week of every month.

A Joint Working Committee in Kuala Lumpur last week agreed to allow medical tests for workers to be conducted at 122 institutions all over Nepal, which will be audited by a Malaysian team in November.

“We wanted to decentralise medical tests to make it more convenient for our workers,” the newspaper quoted Nepali labour ministry official Ram Prasad Ghimire as saying.

Ghimire said the flow of Nepali workers to Malaysia could now resume, the report said.

FMT is seeking confirmation from the Malaysian ministry of human resources.