The Government is not planning to bring in 1.4 million Bangladeshi workers into the country by early 2014, said Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib.
"The 1.4 million is actually the number of Bangladeshis who applied to their government to seek jobs overseas," he said yesterday.
Ismail was responding to a question by Datuk Abdul Manan Ismail (BN - Paya Besar), who asked for a clarification, given that the number was almost equivalent to the number of civil servants in the country.
He said the Government was actually seeking to bring in 10,000 Bangladeshi workers to work in oil palm plantations in peninsular Malaysia.
"As of Sept 23, a list of 8,703 applicants was provided by the Bangladesh government to police and Immigration Department.
"From these, 2,288 have been filtered and 75 were found to have criminal records," he said.
Ismail said recruitment of workers from Bangladesh was stringent and only three out of the 10 companies that had applied for workers had received approval.
"We approved 200 workers for Sime Darby Plantations, 262 for UP Plantations and 683 for Kulim Plantations, bringing the total number of Bangladeshi workers approved to 1,145," he said.