The Straits Times
Published on Jan 01, 2013

Malaysia resumes hiring Bangladeshi migrants


DHAKA - Malaysia has resumed recruiting Bangladeshi migrant workers after a four-year pause, an official said on Tuesday, in a move easing Dhaka's remittance worries after the jobs market in the Middle East dried up.

The Bangladesh government on Monday announced that an online registration process for those seeking work in Malaysia would start from Jan 13, following calls for 10,000 plantation workers.

The announcement followed a government-to-government deal in November to recruit up to 500,000 workers in manufacturing, service, agriculture and construction sectors in next five years.

"We are starting with 10,000 workers and by the end of this year the cumulative number would be 100,000," said overseas employment secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan,