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Malaysian labour market reopens to Bangladesh


Published : 10 Dec 2021 09:39 PM | Updated : 11 Dec 2021 03:32 PM

The Malaysian labour market has been reopened again for Bangladeshi workers. The country's cabinet has approved the employment of workers of all professions. 

Malaysia's Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan said this in a statement issued on Friday.

He said that the Malaysian government has agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment for the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia. 

The recruitment of Bangladeshi workers will be implemented immediately after the signing of the MoU. 

Recruitment of these foreign workers will be open to sectors of plantations, agriculture, manufacturing, mining and quarrying, construction and domestic work.

It was also said in the statement that the Ministry of Health and the National Security Council will cooperate to refine the Sustainable Operating Procedure (SOP) for foreign workers.This includes the aspect of quarantine to ensure no compromise in terms of security and health.

In addition, the country's cabinet has decided to suspend the implementation of multi-tier levy (multi-tier levy) from January 1 to July 1, 2022.

It may be mentioned that it has been almost two years since Malaysia closed the labour market for foreign workers due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the country's labour market has been closed for Bangladeshi workers for more than three years. 

After the signing of the MoU between the two countries this month, there will be no more obstacles in sending workers to Malaysia.

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