Nepali workers to go to Malaysia for foreign employment

KATHMANDU: Today's agreement between Nepali and Malaysian authorities have re-opened the prospect for Nepali workers to go to Malaysia for foreign employment.

The joint working group (JWG) meeting of officials from both countries which began in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 10, has reached an agreement to open the channel for Nepali workers to go to Malaysia for employment, confirmed spokesperson at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLESS), Narayan Regmi.

Earlier, Spokesperson Regmi had expressed hope that the meeting would facilitate and give momentum to the stalled process of labour supply to Malaysia. Government officials of both nations had presented their respective agendas in the meeting.

Although both the countries had reached a bilateral labour agreement in October, some technical issues had remained to be finalised.

The seven-member delegation from Nepal is being led by Ram Prasad Ghimire, head of Labour Relation and Social Protection Section at MoLESS, and comprises representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law and Nepali Embassy in Malaysia.

The supply of Nepali workers to Malaysia has been halted since May last year after the government cracked down on Immigration Security Clearance and One Stop Centre that had been levying additional charges on Nepali migrants.