Reported on: August 12, 2012 11:48 AM
Reported in: National
Kuala Lumpur, Aug 12 (UNB) – Malaysian Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam will lead a delegation to visit Bangladesh after Eid to observe the recruitment system adopted by the government.
He said during the visit, officers from his ministry and the Home Ministry would study the mechanism in Bangladesh as the recruitment would be carried out on a government-to-government basis. He said the decision was made in order to cut down the role of middleman as well as combating fraud middleman activities.
“Bangladesh has approached us to send their workers to our country. Industries also are asking us to open up because of the shortage of workers. Once we’ve put the mechanism right, then we can decide whether to open up or not,” he told reporters after launching the football tournament organised by the Malaysian India Football Association (MIFA) at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here on Saturday, reports Malaysian official news agency Bernama .
He noted that currently about 200,000 Bangladeshi workers were working in various sectors in Malaysia, and there was higher demand in the plantation and manufacturing sectors. Malaysia had decided to freeze the intake of Bangladeshi workers in October 2007, the second time such a decision was made after the first in 1999.
Meanwhile, Subramaniam who is also MIC deputy president, encouraged the Indian community to make the sports as a career. He said unlike in the past, career in sports were more secure for athletes now as they get paid by the clubs or teams they were playing for.
“The government also appears to support development in sports with various rewards given to those who managed to contribute to the country,” he said.
About 1,000 Indian football players nationwide are involved in the tournament to vie for the Datuk Ms Maniam Trophy (U-12) and Datuk K.Pathmanaban Trophy (U-16) today. He said the programme would help prevent young Indians from engaging in unhealthy activities.