Malaysia expects to welcome the arrival of 1.5 million migrant workers from Bangladesh in the next three years, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was quoted as saying by Bernama – the Malaysian national news agency – on June 25.

Accordingly, the country hopes to sign a recruitment pact in Dhaka within the Syawal month (after July 17). The semi-skilled workers, trained in their hometown, will integrate into the local workforce of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak and be distributed among various fields, particularly in the plantation sector.

The initiative does not include current illegal Bangladeshi immigrants who have been the targets of deportation in the country.

Malaysian employers will be required to provide migrant labourers with insurance coverage, accommodation, protection and salaries paid via banks.-VNA