KUCHING, Oct 27: Bangladesh is looking forward to meeting Sarawak’s needs for workers in various sectors especially the plantation sector.
Its Deputy High Commissioner Mohammad Khorshed A Khastagir however emphasised that this would have to be done on a government-to-government basis.
“The Bangladesh High Commission Office is ready to accommodate the sending of workers.
“To begin with, we can send about 3,000 workers,” he said during a courtesy call on Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia here today.
Mohammad Khorshed also gave assurance that Bangladesh is ready to comply with Malaysia’s latest criteria for accepting foreign workers where they must have completed the two doses Covid-19 vaccination.
“Bangladesh and Sarawak have a lot of things to share in the agricultural sector,” he added.
Uggah, in his speech, pointed out that Sarawak needed many workers particularly in the oil palm sector.
“We certainly welcome more workers to help in the harvesting. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought in many unprecedented challenges to us including shortage of workers.
“On the offer of workers, I will bring this to the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari (Tun Openg) for further deliberation,” he said.
Apart from that, Uggah pointed out that Sarawak also welcomes investors in the livestock breeding and modern precision farming as the State aims to become a net food and food products exporter by 2030.
“We are also interested in rice plantation and shipbuilding sectors among others,” he added.
Bangladesh Embassy First Secretary Fared Ahmed and Sarawak Deputy State Secretary Dato Sri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki were among those present. — DayakDaily