Let Bangladeshi workers go back to Malaysia

09 Jan 2021 11:23 AM
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Dhaka has requested Kuala Lumpur to allow the Bangladeshi migrants, who got stranded after coming here on leave because of the pandemic, to go back to their workplaces in Malaysia.

It also sought to widen cooperation on trade and expense with the Southeast Asian nation.

The calls were manufactured when recently appointed Malaysian Superior Commissioner to Bangladesh Hazanah Md Hasim called on Talk about Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam at the foreign ministry on Thursday.

Malaysia houses around a million Bangladeshis. The twelve-monthly trade volume between your two countries is about $2.4 billion with Bangladesh exporting goods to Malaysia worth $260 billion.

Shahriar congratulated the brand new Malaysian envoy on her behalf appointment and said both countries have enormous opportunities to widen trade and expenditure. The potential areas of cooperation incorporate sectors like science-technology, healthcare, education, trade, tourism, energy etc.

He suggested that Malaysia might consider widening its tariff concession for greater market gain access to of Bangladeshi products.

The state minister said Malaysia is Bangladesh's trusted friend and partner with which Bangladesh enjoys strong bilateral relations since its independence. A sigificant number of Bangladeshi employees and professionals are living in Malaysia and contributing immensely to the economies of both the countries.

Shahriar requested the substantial commissioner to extend a myriad of cooperation to the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Job and find a solution to the current migrant issue.

In reply, Hazanah Md Hasim assuring him of taking the issue of the stranded Bangladeshi workers and students to her bigger authorities and hoped that it would be resolved soon.

 The state minister mentioned that Malaysia can be an advanced market and a production hub in the Asia Pacific area and does remarkably very well amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Discussing the recalibration programme pertaining to regularisation and voluntary repatriation of migrant staff, Shahriar expressed gratitude to the Malaysian federal government for standing next to the Bangladeshi expatriates during the pandemic.

He also thanked Malaysia for its strong political and humanitarian support towards the Rohingyas and sought a pro-active part from both ASEAN and Malaysia for safe and sound and sustainable repatriation of the refugees to Myanmar.

Shahriar appreciated Malaysia's establishment of a field medical center in Cox's Bazar focused on treatment of the Rohingyas.