The first batch of 10,000 Bangladeshis to work in Malaysian
plantations is expected to arrive next month, said Plantation,
Industries and Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
He said arrangements were being made to ensure the process of bringing them in went smoothly.
“Ultimately, we need about 40,000 of them,” he told newsmen after
closing a workshop on branding of Malaysian palm oil here yesterday.
Dompok said the actual date of their arrival would depend on how soon
the Bangladeshi government could prepare the required work force.
It was reported earlier this month that the Bangladeshi government
would open up an online registration process for 10,000 workers to work
in Malaysian plantations.
Malaysia and Bangladesh agreed in
November last year that the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers be done
on a government-to-government basis.