Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) on Tuesday requested the government to backlist Saudi employers who abuse female workers.

Speaking at an opinion exchange meeting at the BAIRA office, the recruiters voiced the demand and said that the Bangladesh missions in Riyadh and Jeddah should take legal action against the erring employers.

BAIRA secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury expressed concern over the continuous repatriation of abused female workers from Saudi Arabia.

‘Offence committed in a destination country deserves trial and punishment,’ he said.

BAIRA president Benjir Ahmed, MP, said that they would request the Bangladesh government to take measures in Saudi Arabia.

About Malaysian labour market, he said that Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment minister was making efforts to reopen the Malaysian and other closed job markets.

He lent BAIRA’s support free worker migration from the grip of syndicates.

Replying to a question about registration of middlemen, he said that he attended the National Steering Committee Meeting where prime minister asked for providing ID cards to the middlemen.

‘We are closely working with EWOE ministry to work out a solution,’ he said.

Asked about downward overseas employment, Benjir Ahmed said that overseas employment of Bangladeshi workers was falling due to closure of important labour markets including in the UAE, Kuwait, and Malaysia.

He praised the government for its diplomatic efforts that encouraged Japan to recognize Bangladesh as the 9th worker sending nation.

The meeting over, a group of BAIRA leader led by senior vice president Shafiqul Alam Firoj and vice president Monsur Ahmed Kalam accused the incumbent BAIRA president and secretary general of involving BAIRA with various irregularities.

They expressed fears that formation of a new syndicate for sending workers to Malaysia was underway under the initiative of the incumbent president and secretary general and former BAIRA president Noor Ali.

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