Visas of 55,000 Workers: Malaysia assures Bangladesh of all cooperation


Malaysian Minister for International Trade and Industry Mohd Yassin has assured Bangladesh of his government’ s all possible cooperation regarding visas of 55,000 Bangladeshi workers.

The assurance came on Friday when Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, now in Kuala Lumpur to attend a three-day general assembly of Malaysia’s ruling party, met Yassin, the next deputy prime minister of Malaysia.

Dipu Moni also called on Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi and handed over a letter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Badawi, reported BSS.

The foreign minister informed Yassin about the current status of Bangladeshi workers and said they usually work in the sectors where Malaysian workers normally do not work, said an official release.

“So, there should not be any misconception regarding loss of jobs,” the release added.

When the foreign minister requested him for reconsidering the Malaysian government’s decision, Yassin assured her of all possible cooperation in this regard.

Dipu Moni also urged the Malaysian minister to make efforts to increase investment in Bangladesh.

In response, Yassin said, “Increased Malaysian investment in Bangladesh would be one of my priorities.”

He also stressed the need for growing cooperation between the two countries in trade and commerce at this time of financial crisis.

Dipu Moni congratulated him on his election as the deputy leader of the ruling party and hoped that bilateral relations between the two countries would be strengthened further in the future.

Source: The Daily Star, 29 March 2009

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