Malaysia offers to hire 5,000 Bangladeshi fishermen

"Having received offers from the Malaysian side, our High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur inquired if we could send fishermen," Zafar Ahmed Khan, Secretary to the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, told reporters.

The workers would be hired to work in trawlers to catch fish in the sea, he said yesterday.
With some training, Bangladeshi fishermen, mainly those from the coastal zones, can easily be made aptly skilled and professional in the trade, Khan added.

"We are now assessing the proposal and are hopeful to send such fishermen there," he observed.Asked about Malaysia's stance on reopening the labour market for Bangladesh, Khan said Bangladesh is making its diplomatic efforts to that end.

Malaysia imposed a ban on hiring Bangladeshi workers in March last year, citing economic recession and instantly cancelled job visas of 55,000 Bangladeshis.

"We hope the reopening process would start with the hiring of the fishermen," Khan said.
Earlier, South Korea had hired some fishermen from Bangladesh who could not do well because of climatic conditions there, an official of the expatriates' welfare ministry

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