There are very few countries that have such iron protection measures for workers, which sets a precedent for other labour-exporting countries. The Nepal-Malaysia agreement could also be a model agreement on migrant workers in other countries. Press release on the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of Nepal on the Employment of Workers pic.twitter.com/mtfPzshnRO Nepal Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Gokarna Bista told the Nepali Times: « There are very few countries that have such protection measures for workers, and this Nepal-Malaysia agreement could also be a model agreement on migrant workers in other countries. » (See the full interview below) A new agreement between Nepal and Malaysia is expected to pave the way for the resumption of labour immigration to the Southeast Asian country. The previous agreement, which ensured the recruitment of Nepalese workers at zero cost in Malaysia, did not enter into force due to the lack of an adequate mechanism and structure to facilitate the recruitment process. Under the agreement, the two governments had agreed to convene a JWG meeting to verify progress and plan next steps. The October agreement between Nepal and Malaysia had exempted Nepalese workers from all expenses, including recruitment fees, flight fees, visa fees, medical examinations and security screening fees that all workers residing in Malaysia had to pay earlier. However, the agreement still needs to be implemented due to various obstacles, including those related to the medical examination of outbound workers. Our agreement was broad, but the joint working group needed to clarify the technical details. It has not been easy to break up the unions that do medical testing, and we have recommended that 122 new testing centers across the country be licensed for transparency and decentralization of testing.
We agreed to include the category of security forces in the agreement, which originally did not fall within the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding. They are now sending a team to check these new centres outside Kathmandu to make sure they meet their parameters. Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Gokarna Bista discussed with the Nepali Times the renegotiated labour agreement with Malaysia and its other efforts to ensure the well-being of Nepalese migrant workers. Excerpts: A joint technical working group composed of officials from both countries, which will work to effectively implement the understanding and develop the necessary mechanism for the resumption of labour immigration to Malaysia. Minister Bista hailed the pact as a milestone in the country`s labour immigration government and said: « This is a historic moment in bilateral relations between the two countries. The working agreement has further strengthened relations between Nepal and Malaysia. Indeed, a written petition to the Supreme Court of Bangladesh against a cartel of 10 recruitment companies that send workers to Malaysia cites last year`s Nepali Times article by Ramu Sapkota and Alyaa Alhadjri, which revealed agreements between Malaysian and Nepalese officials and companies on worker overload, and acknowledges the efforts of the Nepalese government to break up these unions. In its recent ruling, the court asked the Bangladeshi government to set up an inter-ministerial committee to determine why only these ten companies were allowed to send workers to Malaysia.