In 2018, about 75 per cent of Bangladeshi staff have been illegally despatched to Brunei by the brokers in collaboration with immigration police on the airport by so-called ‘physique contracts’, mentioned officers.
On account of a robust management by the brokers over Bangladesh-Brunei recruitments, Bangladesh might lose the job market completely, concern senior officers at Bangladesh Excessive Fee in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Bangladeshi staff have been allowed emigrate to Brunei with out getting their visas attested by labour wings of the Bangladesh Excessive Fee in Darussalam, they mentioned.
The officers additionally mentioned that the brokers despatched the employees with out taking any clearance from the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Coaching.
The officers mentioned that the rackets of brokers have been lively in Bangladesh and Brunei, controlling labour migration from Bangladesh by offering bribes and resorting to different unlawful means.
Bangladesh excessive commissioner in Bandar Seri Begawan Air vice Martial (retd) Mahmud Hossain in a DO letter to Expatriates’ Welfare and Abroad Employment minister Imran Ahmad requested the latter to take steps to cease the continuing ‘physique contract’ enterprise on the airport.
Referring to Brunei authorities’s data, he mentioned although 20,000 visas of Bangladeshi staff have been stamped, solely 5,000 visas have been attested by the labour wing.
Describing Brunei because the ninth vacation spot nation for Bangladeshi staff, the excessive commissioner mentioned that for the Brunei authorities’s Wawasan 2035 improvement challenge and implementation of the 35-kilometer-long Tumburong Bridge below belt and street Initiatives, the nation was planning to recruit 40,000 Bangladeshi staff.
However, rackets of Bangladeshi brokers primarily based in Brunei, who work in collaboration with different native brokers, management the migration course of by means of bribes, the DO letter mentioned.
It additionally mentioned that the labour market was in deep trouble as a result of dominance of brokers.
The employment businesses in Brunei don’t rent staff instantly by issuing commercial. Slightly, they promote visas to the intermediaries who rent staff in trade of giant quantities of cash which the migrants should pay.
What’s extra worrying is that within the context of the large initiatives, a number of hundreds of faux visas have been created for the Bangladeshi staff fabricating official seals and paperwork of the Brunei immigrations and Labour Division, the letter talked about referring to Brunei sources.
It mentioned that the rackets of brokers together with corrupt native folks in Brunei have been behind such grand design.
It additionally talked about that the Brunei authorities already slapped a short lived moratorium on recruiting staff from Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Excessive Fee in Brunei feels that until the brokers have been stopped the labour market would possibly completely shut for Bangladeshis.
On August three, the Excessive Fee of Brunei Darussalam in Dhaka notified that it quickly stopped accepting purposes of employment visas for the Bangladeshi staff since August four.
The Brunei authorities has taken the choice as some Brunei firms have been discovered concerned in manufacturing faux job visas for Bangladeshi staff.
When requested, Expatriates’ Welfare and Abroad Employment Ministry’s secretary Rownaq Jahan informed New Age Wednesday that they have been all set to take steps quickly to convey the brokers below authorized framework in order that stern actions might be taken in opposition to the unscrupulous brokers.
‘We’re working sincerely to make the labour migration secure and orderly,’ she mentioned.
In a discover on August three, the Excessive Fee of Brunei Darussalam in Dhaka mentioned that it saved purposes of employment visas quickly closed till additional discover.
Nonetheless, different visa purposes (go to, dependent and pupil) remained open as typical, based on the discover of Brunei Excessive Fee.
Bangladesh Excessive Fee mentioned there have been many Brunei firms which have been recruiting staff from Bangladesh by issuing so-called ‘free visas’ they usually have been plunging the employees into an abbeys of uncertainty.
Officers mentioned that Bangladeshi staff continuously lodged complaints to the Bangladesh mission’s labour wing in Brunei’s capital that they have been cheated or denied their wages.
After touchdown in Brunei, many Bangladeshi staff didn’t get jobs, they mentioned.
About 30,000 Bangladeshi staff are at the moment working in Brunei with most of them employed within the building sector, based on the Bangladesh Excessive Fee there.
International Migration knowledgeable and WARBE Growth Basis’s chairman Syed Saiful Haque informed New Age that Bangladesh authorities should rigorously take actions in opposition to the rackets of brokers who have been working as mafia gang, thereby tarnishing the picture of Bangladesh overseas.
‘Suspension of visa issuance can’t be the answer,’ he mentioned, including that limitations to regular migration might promote extra unlawful methods of trafficking.
Saiful, a returnee migrant turned as migrant rights campaigner mentioned that in each origin and vacation spot nations there needs to be fast bilateral steps to interrupt the rackets of brokers to make sure secure migration of staff.
House Ministry’s safety service division secretary Md Shahiduzzaman and senior superintendent of Police (Immigration) on the airport couldn’t be reached for feedback regardless of a number of makes an attempt.