Malaysian cabinet to discuss Nepali workers' issue on Friday

KATHMANDU: The Malaysian government is set to discuss the current halt in outflow of Nepali migrant workers to Malaysia at a Cabinet meeting scheduled for Friday.

Addressing the Malaysian Parliament on Tuesday, its Minister for Human Resources M Kulasegaran said that the briefing at Friday's Cabinet meeting will also include steps to resolve the issue for a ‘win-win' situation for both nations.

“We are aware of the problems being faced by Nepali workers wishing to work here, which stemmed from discrepancies with regards to the one-stop agency, which was outsourced to handle screening of foreign workers,” The Star Online of Malaysia quoted Kulasegaran as saying during the Parliament meeting.

On being asked if the freeze on Nepali workers would affect the security industry, Kulasegaran said it would not have a major impact. He noted that 24,428 Nepali workers were employed as security guards, out of total 138,304 security guards in the country.

The outflow of Nepali migrant workers to Malaysia has been halted completely since past two months following the government's crackdown on employment agencies and individual agents who had been charging extra fees from Malaysia-bound Nepali workers.

Moreover, the government has already hinted that it will issue work permits for Nepalis to work in Malaysia only after signing a bilateral labour pact with the Malaysian government.