12,000 Bangladeshis to be recruited to work in Sarawak
7:17PM Oct 20, 2014
Some 12,000 Bangladeshi workers will be recruited to work at various sectors in Sarawak, said Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia AKM Atiqur Rahman.
He said this followed a request from Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister Richard Riot to the Bangladesh Government to send 12,000 skilled and semi-skilled workers to work at the various sectors in Sarawak, during his recent visit to Bangladesh.
“The request will be finalised during a meeting between Malaysia, Bangladesh and the Sarawak government on Nov 5 in Kuala Lumpur,” he told a press conference in Kuching today.
Atiqur said at the moment, there were about 5,000 Bangladeshi workers in various sectors of the state, particularly in plantation and construction.
Meanwhile, Atiqur urged Bangladeshis working in the state to apply for a machine readable passport (MRP).
He said there was a need for them to apply for MRP because according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) guidelines, no international travel would be allowed using a hand-written passport beyond March 31, next year.
He said this at the launch of enrolment for passports through outsourcing in Kuching today.
In a related development, an employment agent has warned the state government to thoroughly check the background of Bangladeshi workers.
Triple Star Alliance Sdn Bhd executive chairperson Zainalabidin Zakaria said he had been in the business for almost 20 years, claimed that there were cases of workers having criminal records at their home country while others were afflicted with infectious diseases.