By Rupesh Acharya
The Himalayan Times
The Malaysian government has, after all this time, finally agreed to send a delegation to Nepal to hold talks on addressing the numerous problems Nepali migrants face.
Niranjan Man Basnet, ambassador of Nepal to Malaysia informed THT over a phone interview that the Malaysian Ministry for Human Resources had reached a decision to send joint secretary-level delegates to Kathmandu during the second week of February to hold dialogue on the matter.
The government of Nepal in recent times has declared it mandatory for all existing manpower companies to charge only Rs 10,000 instead of the exorbitant sum of Rs 160,000.
“For over a decade, we have been trying to enforce a labour agreement ensuring job security and other welfare schemes for Nepali migrant workers, but to no avail,” Basnet said. He also informed that the Malaysian government had previously sent a draft of labor agreement which encapsulated only minor changes.
The new agreement however states that the Malaysian employers are now required to receive Nepali workers within six hours, instead of the former 24-hour deadline.