387 B’deshi workers nabbed in MalaysiaStaff Correspondent
At least 387 Bangladeshi workers were arrested in Malaysia in two days ending Monday during ongoing crackdown on undocumented foreign workers.
They were among 2,433 undocumented foreign workers arrested in the scheduled crackdown beginning Sunday morning, Malaysian daily, The Star reported on Monday.
Earlier, the Malaysian authorities announced that the crackdown on foreign workers staying in that country illegally would begin on September 1.
When asked, Mantu Kumar Biswas labour councilor at Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur told New Age on Monday that in accordance with Malaysian law, all detainees would be in police custody for the next 14 days.
If the detained workers or their employers show proofs that they were legally doing jobs in Malaysia, they will be released, he said.
After 14 days, the detainees would be produced in the court which would determine their fate, Mantu said.
He said that the workers would be kept at detention camps.
Being informed by the Malaysian authorities, the Bangladesh mission would take steps to send them back to Bangladesh by issuing out-passes, said Mantu.
Bangladesh high commission officials said out of about five lakh Bangladeshi workers working in Malaysia about 30,000 might be undocumented.
Bangladesh government fully respects the lawful Malaysian crackdown against the undocumented foreign workers, Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry secretary Jafar Ahmed Khan told New Age.
He said that not only Bangladeshis, but nationals from other countries were also detained.
He said the Malaysian authorities launched the scheduled crackdown and ‘we have nothing to do at this point of time.’
Jafar said Bangladesh would extend full cooperation to the Malaysian government, even if undocumented Bangladeshis are detained.
Replying to a question, he said only if Bangladeshi workers were allowed to leave Malaysia, Bangladesh would bring them back home, otherwise not.
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