65 Gulf, Malaysian hiring firms blacklisted

Kathmandu, December 14

Due to the low wages being paid and continuous exploitation of Nepali migrant workers, government has decided to blacklist 65 Gulf and Malaysian companies that have been involved in recruiting workers from Nepal.

The recruiting agencies that have been blacklisted will not be allowed to hire workers from Nepal from now onward. The decision to blacklist the 65 companies was taken by the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) on December 9.

The blacklisted companies are based in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Malaysia. Among them, 52 are Malaysian firms, five each are from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and three are from Qatar.

“The government inspected the facilities, remuneration and other benefits being provided by the concerned companies and found them to be lacking,” informed Dilip Kumar Chapagain, director general of DoFE. “There were also instances when workers hired by these firms were stranded in the destinations, so we decided to blacklist these 65 hiring agencies.”

Among those Malaysian companies that have been blacklisted are Konsortium Pasar Borong Sdn Bhd; Pine Jati Corporation SB; Konosortium Pasar Brong SB; KFC Holding; AHM Consultancy and Security SB; CS Metal Industries SB; Farmpave SB; Guang Lei Furniture; HLH Wood Industries; and Karya Legenda SB, among others.

Moreover, Al Hamad Development Construction Company; IMG World and Adventure; Leaders Security Services; Ever Gold Middle East Cleaning Services; and Habas General Maint Contra LLC from the UAE have been blacklisted. Likewise, Saeed Hadi Al-Dossary Establishment for Contracting; Eastern Heritage G Contraction and G Cleaning and Contracting; Joud Al Wafa Maintenance, Cleaning and Operating Est; Al-Yamama Company For Trading and Contracting; and Fahad Bin Atia Manee Almutairi Est of Saudi Arabia have also been blacklisted.

Moreover, Qatar Arab Contractors Co; Khalid Bin Fahd Trading and Contracting Co; and Teamwork Contracting and Real Estate of Qatar have been blacklisted by DoFE from hiring Nepali migrant workers.

Chapagain said that the government will continue to adopt strong measures so as to safeguard Nepali migrant workers from being exploited in the destination countries.