MALAYSIA - Some 1.4 million Bangladesh workers have applied to work in Malaysia under the government-to-government (G2G) initiative but only 500,000 are qualified for work in the plantation sector.
High Commissioner of Malaysia to Bangladesh Norlin Othman said after a screening by the Bangladeshi Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, only 500,000 who applied online were qualified for jobs in the plantation sector.
"When they vetted the applications, many of them were either too young or old while others were over-qualified.
"On our side, we officially wanted 10,000 positions.
"On their side, they are supposed to ensure that all of them have proper documents and have done their necessary check-ups," she told reporters here yesterday.
There are currently about 320,000 Bangladesh workers in Malaysia.
Since 2010, Bangladeshis working in Malaysia had sent more than RM3bil (S$1.17) home, the highest compared with workers from Indonesia (RM2.9bil), Nepal (RM1.9bil), India (RM625mil) and the Philippines (RM561mil).
Meanwhile, Malaysia's business opportunities are set to flourish with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's first official visit to Bangladesh.
The visit, she said, would benefit Malaysia in various sectors, including the halal industry, telecommunications and power supply.
Najib was accorded a red carpet welcome upon his arrival at the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka from Colombo, Sri Lanka, last night.
Both Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were greeted by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as well as other senior cabinet ministers and high-ranking government officials.