Like employers, Bangladeshi workers too have much to gain from this move. The workers and their families have been paying up to RM20,000 to work in Malaysia. These high fees were a result of sub-agents, who recruited the workers, having to pay one of the 10 authorised companies under the SPPA system. With the demolition of the system, workers just need to pay half of the amount that they used to pay.
Md Mokbul Hossain Mokul, who operates a recruitment agency in Kuala Lumpur, said that Malaysia became an unpopular destination among Bangladeshi workers in recent years because of the hefty fees. “The decision to stop SPPA is timely and will help change the negative perception about working in Malaysia,”