24 May 2018
Putrajaya to review 1.5 million Bangladeshi worker intake
KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — All policies pertaining to foreign workers will be reviewed, including the plan by the defeated Barisan Nasional administration to import 1.5 million Bangladeshi nationals, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said today.
“All that will be subject to review,” the Ipoh Barat MP told reporters after holding a maiden visit to the Industrial Courts here.
More than a third of the country’s 14 million workforce are migrant workers and the Pakatan Harapan coalition made it a key campaign issue in the lead up to the May 9 polls, promising to reduce the country’s dependency on cheap foreign labour to raise wages.
Kulasegaran said the new government’s focus will be on empowering local workers.
14 December 2017
DPM confirms two immigration officers at KLIA arrested
Last updated on 14 December 2017 – 04:04pm
LAHAD DATU: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today confirmed that two Immigration Department officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) have been arrested over the smuggling of Bangladesh nationals.
He said the two officers were stationed at the KLIA Immigration counter.
“A number of officers are suspected to be involved in the case but so far, only two have been arrested,” he said at a news conference when asked about the case after his working visit to the 17th Battalion of the General Operations Force, here.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said he had instructed Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali to tighten control at the checkpoints, especially at KLIA.
12 December 2017
According to the report, there are at least 38 flights operating from Dhaka to KLIA daily.
The Star Online
PUTRAJAYA: Several immigration officers based at KL International Airport have been arrested as part of investigations into the smuggling of Bangladeshis by syndicates.
Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the investigations would determine if the officers had a hand in the illegal activities.
“We have also sent a taskforce to Dhaka to look into the case.
“They will also see how the standard operating procedure on the issuance of visitor visas can be improved to prevent abuse and put a stop to the smuggling activities,” he said when met at the deparment’s monthly assembly on Tuesday.
It was reported that four syndicates were behind the smuggling of Bangladeshi workers into the country via KLIA.
It is believed the syndicates are raking RM5.2mil in profits annually by charging between RM15,000 and RM20,000 each person, allegedly including bribes, to make it easier for them to bypass the authorities including Immigration and Malaysian High Commission in Dhaka.
24 July 2017
Zahid : Not true 1.5 million Bangladeshis are coming to M’sia
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today explained that 1.5 million Bangladeshi nationals had registered with their government to work abroad and that not all of them were headed to Malaysia.
Zahid said the number of Bangladeshi nationals coming to Malaysia depended on the needs of the local companies.
“There is no one company appointed to bring them in. Potential employers can apply online to secure the workers directly without having to go through agents or companies,” he told the Dewan Rakyat.
Zahid was replying to a question from Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Permatang Pauh) who had wanted to know the details of the company bringing in what she claimed to be 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers.
10 Nov 2016
Zahid: Two million foreign workers hold temporary working permits
KUALA LUMPUR: Almost two million foreign workers are holding valid temporary working permits in the country, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said a total of 1,854,684 foreign workers were holding the Temporary Employment Pass (PLKS) issued by the Immigration Department as of Sept this year.
“The highest number is from Indonesia (749,226), followed by Nepal (411,364), Bangladesh (237,991), Myanmar (140,259), India (121,430) and others (194,374),” said Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, in a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut).
Lim had asked the government to reveal the total number of foreign workers and the policy in hiring them.
“The hiring of foreign workers is a temporary measure to fill the job vacancies. After the employment period is over, they are required to return back to their country of origin,” he said.
He noted that the government had made the decision on Feb 19 to suspend applications of new foreign workers including from Bangladesh until it completed the assessment on the real need of each industry.
20 February 2016
Dhaka Tribune estimates 300,000 Bangladeshis work legally in Malaysia, “while a further 1 million are estimated to be staying illegally”.
It also cited government figures putting remittances from Malaysia to the country at US$1.4 billion last year.
M’sia’s foreign worker freeze ‘eyewash’, says Bangladesh ministry
The Bangladeshi Expatriate Ministry acting secretary has called the announcement yesterday that Malaysia’s foreign worker intake will be frozen an “eyewash”.
Begum Shamsunnahar was reported in Dhaka Tribune saying Bangladeshi nationals will continue their plans to work in Malaysia following the agreement between the two countries.
“It is just an eyewash. The Malaysian government has made the announcement to calm the pressure groups in that country who do not want foreign workers’ recruitment.
“Bangladesh will send workers to Malaysia as per the deal signed between the two countries,” Shamsunnahar was reported saying yesterday.
“The decision comes a day after Bangladesh inked a deal to send 1.5 million workers to Malaysia under Government to Government Plus mechanism,” wrote Dhaka Tribune.
‘Bad deal for Bangladeshi’
In a follow up report today, the same English daily reported that Bangladeshi authorities have yet to receive any official statement from Malaysia over the announced freeze.
It also reported Bangladeshis criticising its government over the MOU as ill-conceived and had not taken into consideration previous pitfalls such as the earlier G2G mechanism “that resulted in many skilled Bangladeshi migrants becoming illegal aliens in Malaysia”.
“Without making any assessment, signing another deal with the same government was not a good decision.
“Actually our government always negotiated with them from a weak position,” said Abrar, a professor of international relations at Dhaka University.
19 February 2016
The government today announced it has put on hold the recruitment of workers from all source countries until it ascertains the actual manpower needs of industries.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the suspension would also enable the government to review the revised two-category levy on foreign workers.
He also said that the government would focus on the foreign worker rehiring programme and step up enforcement to ensure that no more foreigners entered the country as workers.
“Foreign workers without valid documents or have overstayed in the country will be arrested and sent back to their country of origin,” he said at a casual meeting with soldiers at the Muara Tuang Camp, Sarawak.
He said enforcement against illegal foreign workers would be stepped up and implemented on a large scale in the country.
15 February 2016
GEORGE TOWN: A disabled underaged girl was allegedly raped by a Bangladeshi man at a fire exit of an apartment here yesterday.
Lelaki Bangladesh ditahan disyaki merogol remaja perempuan OKU di Bayan Baru http://bit.ly/1PyQPjE Pix Pembaca
Bangladeshi man accused of repeatedly raping disabled girl, for RM10 each time
GEORGE TOWN: A disabled underaged girl was allegedly raped by a Bangladeshi man at a fire exit of an apartment here yesterday.
According to Harian Metro, police sources say the Bangladeshi man had committed the act on several occasions, taking advantage of the teen girl.
It was alleged that the foreigner handed her RM10 each time he raped her.
Yesterday, the girl’s father together with the security guard of the apartment and several neighbours in tow mounted a search for the Bangladeshi.
This was after the father found bruises all over his daughter’s body. At about 5.30pm yesterday, the search party found the man and handed him over to the police.
The Bangladeshi man then admitted to police that he had merely fondled the teen but did not rape her.
Police sent the girl to the Penang Hospital for a checkup. Doctors who examined the girl later told police that there were old tear wounds on her genitals.
How many of those 1.5 million Banglas will be radicalised muslims?
27 radicalised foreigners arrested under ISA
SINGAPORE — Twenty-seven Bangladeshi construction workers were arrested here under the Internal Security Act, after they were found to be contemplating armed jihad overseas including in their homeland, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said today (Jan 20).
The arrests were the first reported instances in Singapore involving foreigners who were preparing attacks overseas.
The 27 men were arrested on Nov 16 and Dec 1 last year. Investigations showed that they were not planning any terrorist attacks in Singapore but some among them had encouraged members of their religious study group to return to Bangladesh and wage armed jihad against the Bangladeshi government. They had also donated money to groups believed to be linked to extremist groups in Bangladesh.
The religious study group that 26 of them belonged to subscribed to extremist beliefs and teachings of radical ideologues such as Anwar al-Awlaki. Sharing jihadi-related material among themselves, the group members supported the armed jihad ideology of terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Several contemplated participating in armed jihad in the Middle East.
The remaining Bangladeshi national was not a member of the group, but he was found to be “in the process of becoming radicalised” and was supportive of extremist preachers. He also possessed jihadi-related material, said the MHA.
Twenty-six of the men have been repatriated. The Bangladeshi authorities have also been informed of the circumstances of their repatriation, said the MHA.
The remaining man is serving a jail sentence for trying to leave Singapore through illegal and clandestine means, after learning about the arrests of his fellow group members. He will be repatriated once he completes his sentence.
The MHA also said that if the public is aware or suspects that a person has been radicalised, or is engaging in extremist activities or propgating extremeist teachings, they should promptly inform the Internal Security Department at 1800-2626-473 or call the police.
4 January 2016
This Bangladeshi is already here, and he resembles the IGP.
Meet the Bangladeshi restaurant worker who resembles Malaysia’s IGP
By – 3 January 2016 @ 10:41 PM
3 January 2016
Bangladesh mission warns against monopoly of workers by Malaysian company
The government’s appointment of Synerflux Sdn Bhd to manage the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers has sparked worries that the private company will monopolise the labour market, leaving the Bangladeshi government with no say in the recruitment process.
Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star today reported that the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur sent a letter advising the expatriates’ welfare ministry in Dhaka to study the issue seriously before signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia on labour recruitment.
According to the report, the December 6 letter states: “The Malaysian government will select Bangladesh Recruiting Authorities through online system supervised by a [Malaysian] company. The Bangladesh government will not have any control to ensure whether any recruiting agency will get work or not.”
The report also named former home minister Tan Sri Azmi Khalid and Aminul Islam, a Bangladeshi who resides in Malaysia, as the owners of Synerflux that would be the “sole and exclusive entity” to develop, maintain and manage a fully online system known as Bangladeshi Workers Management System (BWMS).
In October last year, it was reported that Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in a written parliamentary reply to PAS MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar that Synerflux was shortlisted to handle the labour transfer; however, the deal was not yet finalised.
No foreign workers management contract for Zahid’s brother?
PARLIAMENT A company linked to Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s brother appears to have lost its bid to implement and run the centralised Bangladeshi workers management system.
In a written parliamentary reply, Zahid, who is also the home minister, said the ministry had now identified Synerflux for further discussions on implementing the system.
“The ministry has chosen Synerflux after evaluating its proposal and early discussions with the Home Ministry and the Immigration Department based on the proposed online intake of Bangladeshi workers concept,” he said.
This was in response to a query from Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) yesterday.
A letter from Wisma Putra to the Bangladeshi High Comission in Kuala Lumpur last month sighted by Malaysiakini said that Synerflux was the sole entity appointed to manage the system.
“Synerflux, a Malaysian-registered corporation is the sole and exclusive entity appointed by the government of Malaysia to develop, maintain and manage the system,” the letter dated Sept 21 said.
The foreign worker online management system was previously provided by Bestinet, but the firm was suspended after recruitment agents locally and abroad complained of high fees.
Bestinet linked with Synerflux
Malaysiakini’s checks, however, showed that Synerflux is linked to Bestinet, via another firm, JR Joint Resources.
Bestinet’s directors include former home affairs minister Azmi Khalid and former Labour Department director Tengku Omar Tengku Bot.
Tengku Omar is also a director at JR Joint Resources, the company in which Synerflux director Nor Alizat Pungot works.
Malaysiakini has contacted Synerflux, JR Joint Resources and Bestinet for comment.
Synerflux’s Bangladeshi Workers Management System also bears similarities to Bestinet’s Foreign Workers Centralised Management System.
Migrant labour advocate and Caram Asia representative Mohamad Harun Al Rashid said this raises suspicion that things are going back to square one through “associate companies”.
Harun said the link with JR Joint Resources is also of concern as there have been many complaints by Bangladeshi workers about the firm’s management of an earlier amnesty programme.
The firm appointed to manage the programme charged workers more than RM1,000 per person to provide “A-Z” departure service, but many workers had to run around themselves, he said.
12 November 2015
Zahid causes stir in Dhaka by putting off workers’ MoU
EXCLUSIVE Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is causing a stir in Bangladesh after he postponed the much-awaited inking of the bilateral deal for the recruitment of 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers by Malaysia.
Zahid did so after sending a letter to the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry of Bangladesh, insisting that a “selected Malaysian company’s proposal” be included in the MOU.
“I hereby request that Your Honorouble to incorporate the selected Malaysian company’s proposal in the draft MOU that is currently being prepared.
“In view of the above, kindly ignore all earlier arrangements made until we finalise this,” Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, said in the letter dated Nov 6, which was sighted by Malaysiakini.
He did not specify which firm he was referring to, but it is believed that the company is Synerflux.
On Sept 21, Wisma Putra, in a letter to the Bangladeshi High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur, which was sighted by Malaysiakini, said Synerflux is appointed as the “sole and exclusive entity” to run a centralised management system for recruited Bangladeshi workers.
Last month, Zahid in a written reply to Parliament said the ministry “has chosen Synerflux after evaluating its proposal and early discussions with the Home Ministry and the Immigration Department, based on the proposed online intake of Bangladeshi workers concept”.
6 November 2015
Malaysia has a population of 30 million. With the arrival of the 1.5 million Banglas, these migrant workers will make about 5 per cent of the population.
1.5m Bangladeshi workers will bust foreign labour quota in M’sia, warns union
M’sian union questions minister’s proposal to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers http://bit.ly/1RArZQ6
KUALA LUMPUR — The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has questioned Putrajaya on the need to bring in 1.5 more million Bangladeshi workers, saying that the exercise went against its policy to have only 15 per cent foreigners in the labour force by 2020.
MTUC secretary-general, N Gopal Kishnam, said there were already 2.1 million documented foreigners in the country, while another four million are believed to be illegal.
“Why is there the need to bring in more foreigners, especially from Bangladesh?” he asked.
Mr Gopal said the five-year 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020) stated that Malaysia intended to reduce its dependency on foreign workers of up to 15 per cent of the total work force.
He added that young Malaysians opted to work abroad because of lower wages and the lack of attractive benefits in the country.
Some 350,000 Malaysians travelled daily for work to Singapore, which offers better take-home wages after conversion to the ringgit, he said.
“There are also another 360,000 Malaysians with permanent resident status in the island republic. There must be good reasons why Singapore is relying on Malaysians.”
2 November 2015
Zahid: My brother not getting Bangladeshi contract
PARLIAMENT The government is not awarding a contract to manage 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers coming to Malaysia to a company owned by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s brother.
Zahid confirmed that Real Time Networking Sdn Bhd did not get the contract in a written parliamentary reply to a query from Charles Santiago (DAP-Klang).
“The government has not appointed Real Time Networking to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers,” Zahid said in his capacity as home minister.
Instead, he said, Putrajaya was looking for a new mechanism to manage the foreign workers without the involvement of a middleman.
25 June 2015
Ahmad Zahid said approximately 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh would be brought to Malaysia in stages over three years to meet the demands of employers from various sectors. – Bernama
11 August 2015
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has sent a note relating to a company’s request for an online system for the entry of Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia. The note was to the Home Ministry’s secretary-general on the application from Realtime Networking Sdn Bhd, of which Ahmad Zahid’s younger brother is its executive chairman.
19 August 2015
4:00PM Aug 19, 2015
‘Name company for foreign workers online contract’
PKR: ‘Name company for foreign workers online contract’ http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/309133
PKR wants to know the company which has been awarded the government contract for the online management system of foreign workers.
The party’s demand comes after Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that employers will soon have to submit applications for foreign workers online.
“PKR is surprised with his announcement that online applications will be approved within 48 hours (after the application meets the conditions set by the home ministry).
“But I realised that Ahmad Zahid in his announcement yesterday did not inform the public which company was ‘gifted’ with this government concession and that the cost that will be borne by employers who wish to make applications,” said Semambu state assemblyperson Lee Chean Chung in a statement today.
“The question is, was the government concession awarded through an open tender process?”
Lee also expressed his doubts over Zahid’s announcement that the applications would be approved in 48 hours.
“Approving applications in just two days makes them look like they are in a hurry and this might raise all kinds of issues related to the country’s security,” he said.
17 August 2015
If too many migrant workers, why bring another 1.5 million more. Pls explain
Barisan Nasional’s culture of cronyism continues. This time its Deputy PM Zahid Hamidi‘s family http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/308101
The Executive Chairperson of Real Time Networking Sdn. Bhd. is the brother of Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
15 August 2015
2:38PM Aug 15, 2015
After PM’s scandal, DPM told not to create another
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been urged not to get entangled in nepotism amid Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s own scandal of receiving RM2.6 billion in his personal bank accounts.
The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) made the call in reference to Ahmad Zahid’s brother Abdul Hakim Hamidi, whose company Real Time Networking is bidding for a contract to manage the entry of 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers into Malaysia.
The handling of foreign workers goes through the home ministry, a portfolio held by Ahmad Zahid.
“Amidst financial scandals involving the transfer of US$700 million into the private accounts of Najib, claims of illegal donations and vote buying by BN to win the 2013 national polls, we are shocked into yet another project that stinks of cronyism and patronage politics,” said C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel in a statement today.
C4 expressed concern that the latest deal may involve conflict of interest, nepotism, and collusion as Ahmad Zahid is also home minister who oversees the approval of incoming migrant workers.
“Any act seen as giving his brother’s company preferential treatment totally ignores the all pertinent need for public accountability that the country needs now more than ever, as investors flee our financial markets, leading to the all-time lowest plunge of the ringgit to dip below the RM4 to the US dollar,” she said.
12 August 2015
Free Malaysia Today
Home Ministry clarifies confusion on Zahid’s note
It has not given approval to any company to provide an online system to manage the entry of Bangladeshi workers into Malaysia.
PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s note relating to a company’s request for an online system for the entry of Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia is not a directive nor an approval, according to the Home Ministry.
The note from Zahid to the Home Ministry’s secretary-general on the application from Realtime Networking Sdn Bhd, of which Ahmad Zahid’s younger brother is its executive chairman, was general in nature, the ministry clarified in a statement today.
It was referring to a news portal’s article on the note from Zahid to the Home Ministry’s secretary-general.
The ministry also stated that it had not appointed or given approval for any company to provide an online system to manage the entry of Bangladeshi workers into Malaysia, as claimed.
The ministry said several companies including Realtime Networking, had forwarded proposals to provide an online system for managing foreign workers, but no decision had been made.
The Home Ministry must disqualify the bid by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s brother, Abdul Hakim Hamidi, for a system to manage the 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers Malaysia plans to bring in, a DAP lawmaker said.
Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari said there is a clear conflict of interest.
“As his (Hakim’s) brother, Zahid is also the home minister and the ultimate approving authority for all foreign workers in our country. There is no denying the glaring element of conflict of interest involved.
“(The Home Ministry) must take Malaysians for fools if it thinks the obvious conflict of interest in this case can be simply glossed over by an assurance that it will evaluate the proposal by the home minister’s brother in a fair and objective manner,” Zairil said in a statement today.
Zahid had given the Home Ministry a handwritten note to review the proposal.
However, the ministry in a statement yesterday said the note was not an instruction or approval, and have its assurance that Real Time Networking’s bid would be evaluated fairly.
@zahid_hamidi scrap plan to bring in 1.5mil bangladeshis & plan to benefit Abdul Hakim Hamidi out of it
DPM: I haven’t been in touch with brother
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has refused to comment on his younger brother Abdul Hakim Hamidi’s bid to convince Putrajaya to allow his company run a lucrative system to monitor 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers.
When asked to comment on the matter today, Ahmad Zahid replied: “I have not been able to contact him yet”.
@EricPaulsen101 1.5m Bangladeshis x RM3,000 each is the million-ringgit answer. Money trumps all.
7:31AM Aug 11, 2015
Zahid’s brother eyes system for 1.5m Bangladeshis
Zahid’s brother eyes system for 1.5m Bangladeshis http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/308101
A firm owned by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s brother is in talks with Dhaka and Putrajaya to provide a management system for the 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers Malaysia intends to allow in through a new business-to-business system.
Real Time Networking Sdn Bhd, in which Zahid’s brother Abdul Hakim Hamidi is executive chairperson, aims to provide an online system where, for a fee, workers can be registered and monitored from Bangladesh and Malaysia.
Zahid is also home minister, and the approval of foreign workers into Malaysia comes under his ministry’s purview.
Real Time’s online system – dubbed Workforce Management & Networking System (Workman) – is similar to that provided by Bestinet, a firm owned by former home minister Azmi Khalid.
Bestinet’s agreement with the government was suspended earlier this year after outcry by recruitment agents in sending countries over its high service fees.
When contacted, Hakim confirmed that Real Time is eyeing the deal but stresses that it is not a government contract.
Rather, it is in collaboration with the Bangladesh Association of International Recruitment Agencies (Baira), he said.
Saturday June 27, 2015 MYT 10:36:33 PM
Zahid Hamidi: All illegal workers to go before 1.5 million Bangladeshi arrive
TAWAU: All illegal foreign workers will be returned to their countries of origin before the approximately 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh are brought into Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“Before we bring in 1.5 million legal workers from Bangladesh, we will first take the illegal ones out, which now number about two million” said the Home Minister.
He said the Ministry, through the Immigration Department, police, RELA and other agencies, had intensified their cooperation to carry out joint enforcement to flush out illegal foreign workers in the peninsula, as well as in Sabah and Sarawak.
“In the meantime, we will also seek cooperation from the embassies of the countries involved,” he told a press conference after attending the Inculcation of Good Values Programme with the Ministry’s staff here Saturday.
He said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s effort to bring in the Bangladeshi workers was aimed at meeting the demands of employers in the plantation, construction, manufacturing and service sectors.
9:50AM Jun 26, 2015
1.5m Bangladeshi workers to arrive in three years
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh will be brought to Malaysia in stages over three years to meet the demands of employers from various sectors.
“We expect to sign the agreement in the month of Syawal (after July 17) in Dhaka. These workers will be involved in various fields, especially in the plantation sector and will meet the demands of the job market in peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
“However, this initiative only involves fresh workers from Bangladesh. Illegal Bangladeshi immigrants working here are not involved and we will continue to deport them,” he told a press conference in Alor Gajah yesterday.
Ahmad Zahid said the Bangledeshi workers to be brought into this country would be trained in Bangladesh to become semi-skilled workers to meet specific requirements of employers in Malaysia.