The return of more than 25,000 stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers to Malaysia is uncertain.
The country’s government has announced that it will not allow them to enter Malaysia suddenlyto contain spread of deadly coronavirus.
They would not be able to return until the country’s government changes its policy, according to the speech of Malaysian Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob told at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Quoting Ismail Sabri Yaakob an online news portal of the country the freemalaysiatoday.com on Wednesday said the minister had given the announcement that migrant workers from Bangladesh are still not allowed to enter the country.
“Bangladesh remains one of the 23 countries classified as high-risk for the virus. Although many Bangladeshi workers want to return, as of today, no permission has been given,” Ismail said.
“Our policy to shut our borders to foreigners still remains. We won’t allow foreign workers to enter unless they have the Immigration Department’s permission.”
He, however, claimed that Malaysia would not stand in the way of holding discussions on the matter with their counterparts in Bangladesh.
It is learned that, restrictions have been imposed in various parts of the country, including the capital Kuala Lumpur and Sabah, since October 13 to deal with the corona situation. Under this, initiatives have been taken to control the movement of people. It has also banned people from leaving their districts without urgent need.
Due to the large number of people infected with the coronavirus, the immigration department of Malaysia has banned the entry of citizens of 23 countries including Bangladesh into Malaysia. In this, Malaysia has identified Bangladesh as a high risk country.
Countries listed on the Immigration Department’s official webpage include Bangladesh, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, India, Russia, Peru, Colombia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, France, Turkey, Italy , Germany, Iraq, Philippines and Indonesia.
Earlier, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government would add more countries to the list and prevent their citizens from entering the country, which is more likely to be infected with the coronavirus.
However, in case of emergency or those with whom there is a bilateral relationship, the authorities will allow access through alternative means.
Meanwhile, there are also doubts about whether the expatriate workers who have returned to Bangladesh due to the country’s ban will be able to return to work. Under this policy, citizens of countries other than Bangladesh can enter the country with a special permit from the Immigration Department of Malaysia if they wish.
Moreover, the Bangladesh embassy in Malaysia has warned the Malaysian expatriates living in Bangladesh not to fall into the clutches of brokers or try to be influenced by anyone’s words.
According to the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh government contacted the Malaysian High Commission in Dhaka in a bid to resolve the problem of thousands of migrant workers stranded at home because of the pandemic.