Two migrant workers returned from Brunei penniless early today after they were cheated by two Bangladeshi recruiting agencies with the promise of lucrative salaries abroad.
Arriving at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on 12:30am on a Malaysian Airlines flight, they went straight to the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry and posted their complaint against the two agencies, Rabbi International and Estema International.
“We paid Tk 4.5 lakh to 5 lakh each for the visa of a gardening job in Brunei to the agencies with the promise of a monthly salary of $ 400 equivalent to Tk 30,540.
“However, we were given jobs of day labourers for only Brunei dollar 254, equivalent to Tk 14,288,” Jewel Rana, one of cheated worker told The Daily Star.
At four phases, a total of 34 Bangladeshis went to Brunei through these agencies last February. Of them, a total of 30 migrants had to return home while only four are still in Brunei.
The cheated workers had to work as day labourers instead of gardening jobs.