Malaysia has opened its job market for Bangladeshi workers in three sectors namely manufacturing, construction and agriculture, said a senior official at the expatriates' welfare ministry.
"Malaysia has informed the Bangladesh embassy recently about resumption of manpower recruitment from Bangladesh," said joint secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Abdur Rouf.
He said the country has agreed to recruit Bangladeshi manpower in three sectors -- manufacturing, construction and agriculture. But the country is yet to send any demand of workers to Dhaka in this connection.
He said workers will be sent through private recruitment companies. They have sent a list of 745 recruitment agencies to Malaysia. Employers will send demands of workers to the recruiting agencies online.
When asked, Mr Rouf said if employers bear key expenses like levy, the migration cost of a worker might be around Tk 50,000 to secure job in the Southeast Asian country.
The wages will vary from Tk 17,000 to Tk 19,000 for each worker, he said.
The official also said they will set up a cell for monitoring the process of migration so that recruitment agencies cannot cheat with the workers.
The cell will help prevent syndication, taking extra migration cost and exploitation of workers.
Talking to the FE, president of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) Benjir Ahmed said although Malaysia has opened its job market, they (BAIRA) are yet to get any demand for workers from the country.
"But we hope we will get demand for workers from the country shortly," he said. Nearly 0.20 million workers can get jobs in the country within one year, he added.
The BAIRA leader said as per 'Government to Government (G to G) Plus' deal Malaysian employers will pay levy for recruitment of workers. The employees will bear cost related to air fare, passport, medical and immigration clearance fees.
"If the deal is followed properly, there is no reason for increasing the migration cost," he said adding that the association has also requested the recruiters to abide by the deal while sending workers to the country.
Bangladesh and Malaysia signed a memorandum of understanding for recruiting Bangladeshi workers in February last.
Currently around 600,000 Bangladeshis are working in Malaysia, mainly in construction and plantation sectors.