The process of hiring Nepalese will now be done through government-to-government (G2G) while negotiations are underway for the same system with Bangladesh, says M. Kulasegaran.
The Human Resources Minister said the government had just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nepal government to send workers, including domestic maids, to Malaysia.
“We are doing away with all middlemen and will be using the direct recruitment exercise through G2G,” he told a press conference at the Parliament lobby.
In July, The Star highlighted in an exclusive report that the government of Nepal had barred its workers from coming to Malaysia.
The move came as the Nepalese government expressed its unhappiness with restrictive immigration requirements faced by their citizens before they could work in Malaysia.
It includes having to go through a private company for security and medical check-ups as part of the visa requirement.
Currently, over 500,000 Nepalese are working in Malaysia.
About 150,000 of them were hired as security guards, while the rest are involved in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
Kulasegaran said a team of officials was on its way to Bangladesh to discuss matters, including signing a similar MoU with the government there. The Star