The sub-committee under the International Relations and Labor Committee (IRLC) of parliament on Sunday recommended to the government to sign a memorandum of understanding with Malaysia to secure the rights of Nepali migrants working there.
The subcommittee led by Jeetendra Dev has also asked the government to expedite efforts to sign the MoU. As many as one million Nepali migrants are believed to be working in Malaysia. A delegation led by Dev had visited Malaysia last month and held meetings with Malaysian home minister. The team had also interacted with Nepali migrants working in the country.
“We have found that the problem starts from the place where the demand letters are prepared. Nepali workers are being cheated by manpower agencies and officials of the labor department,” Dev told Republica.
In its 36-point recommendation, the sub-committee has also suggested to the government to create the post of legal officer at Nepali Embassy in Malaysia to assist Nepali nationals in trouble.
After receiving the report prepared by the sub-committee, State Minister for the Ministry of Labor and Employment Tek Bahadur Gurung assured of implementing the recommendations.
The House panel has also suggested to the government to impose a ban on sending workers through outsourcing companies. “We have also suggested to the government to punish manpower companies using fake advertisements to attract workers and issue work permits only after studying the demand letters,” said Sah.
The sub-committee has also pointed out anomalies in the recruitment of migrant workers. It claims that outsourcing companies create fake demands, promise high salary and fleece aspiring workers in the name of visa fees and other unnecessary costs. “It has been found that Nepali workers as paying as high as Rs 180,000 to reach Malaysia, while the actual cost is only Rs 70,000-80,000,” said sub-committee coordinator Dev.
In its findings, the House panel has stated that granting work permit without verifying the demand letter has left the workers in the lurch. The sub-committee has also stated that negligence in health check up in Nepal has added to the trouble faced by Nepali workers in Malaysia.