Labour officials of Nepal and Malaysia have confirmed a new agreement that is considered to resume migration of Nepali workers to the South-east Asian country from Sunday.
Gokarna Bista the Minister of Labour Employment and Social Security said Nepali workers would be able to go to Malaysia to work from Sunday. In the primary phase, the existing health check-up companies and visa processing companies will be provided to process the documentation of migrant workers.
Nepal had paused the process of sending workers to the Malaysian labor market in May last year, saying that private agencies were cleaving off Malaysia-bound workers in the name of health and visa processing.
To end the syndicate in the health check-up and visa processing system, the government had also concluded 122 health check-up centers for migrants going to Malaysia on July 6. These centers, despite, have yet to secure authentication from the Malaysian government.
Bista said that officials from the Malaysian government will visit Nepal in the beginning week of November to review the 122 health check-up institutions that we have concluded and if the officials are satisfied with the infrastructure of the institutions, the Malaysian government will establish their biometric system there.
Narayan Regmi, the spokesperson for MoLESS said that the Malaysian authorities had opined that there was no necessity for supplementary health check-up institutions and that the present 36 institutions were sufficient. Nevertheless, the Nepali authorities requested including 86 more institutions. So the Malaysian authorities have consented to monitor the health check-up institutions.
Today’s agreement has finally tiled the way for manpower companies to send workers as per the amended labor pact signed by Nepal and Malaysia in October.
According to the agreement, employer companies from Malaysia — one of the preferred destinations of Nepali workers — will foot the bill of recruitment service, two-way airfare, visa fee, health check-up fee, and security screening fee.
The wages will have to get deposited on the seventh day of the month the which is paid to workers via banking mode by the Malaysian firms. The employer firms will also have to carry all the costs related to accommodation, during the two-year contract period.
As per the agreement, a leave not exceeding 15 days will be granted by the company to the worker if any close family member of them dies in Nepal to return their home. The agreement also says that the Malaysian government will render equal treatment to Nepali migrant workers concerning health insurance, accident insurance, social security benefits, security, and other accidents.