Manpower export abroad
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

It is very sad to note that some Bangladeshi agencies tarnished country’s image regarding manpower export to Malaysia. Punitive steps must be taken against these agencies through proper investigation so none dares to indulge in such anti-state acts. They caused a great loss for the nation and dimmed all prospects of our hard-working workers going there and earning precious foreign exchange for our country. Regrettably, the probe team found a section of officials in the Bangladesh High Commission and members of Bangladesh Workers’ Welfare Association in Kuala Lumpur engaged in these activities. On the other hand, the reported reluctance of Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training, and Passport Department to share their database with the immigration police has led to failures in checking illegal manpower export and passport forgeries. Immigration police in early 2003 proposed that Bureau of Manpower Export and Training should give them access to its database to check unauthorized migration, illegal manpower export and forgery of passports and visas. Similar proposal was made to the Passport Department in 2005, so that the three government agencies could share data and work hand-in-hand to curb malpractices in manpower trade that often make sad news on sufferings of jobseekers abroad and even deaths in risky ways to coveted European destinations. Forged passports and visas can be misused in many ways which sometimes may also become a national threat. Besides checking the unauthorized activities, scores of people will be benefited and immigration passage at airport will be relieved of additional pressures if the data sharing is ensured.

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