The Malaysia-bound Bangladeshi workers need to pay extra migration cost due to a faulty recruitment system at the Malaysian end, said Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Thursday.
"Why does it cost Tk 400,000 to Tk 450,000 each to go to Malaysia?" he questioned, and opined that this high expenditure is due to the faulty system.
The minister was speaking at an award giving ceremony - 'Obhibashon O Shonar Manush Shommilon 2023' - organised by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) in the city.
"In the case of Malaysia, we have calculated that the migration cost should be within Tk 80,000 each. On the other hand, Malaysia said the migration cost would be zero for workers."
"But now we are hearing that the workers are spending Tk 400,000 to Tk 450,000 each to go to Malaysia for jobs."
The minister also said the recruiting agents have no fault in this case. Costs and hassles are all due to the Malaysian side.
All must have the same thought that they would reduce the migration cost. If even one thinks differently, the whole process would fail, he observed.
"Anyway, we are trying. Everything is possible, if there is goodwill."
In response to a question what kind of systemic changes Bangladesh wants, the minister said they want to interlink the country's system with Malaysian system, which is at proposal stage and not done yet.
Finally Malaysia said they would be linked with Bangladesh's platform 'Ami Probashi' app.
"After the linkage we can track down where the mess is," he added.