Feb 9, Kathmandu: The 2018 Labour Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Malaysia will be reviewed. For that, the Malaysian representative will come to Nepal in October. Probably the labor minister of Malaysia will come to Nepal.
The Nepalese Embassy in Malaysia is doing homework for that. Previously, on 2 February 2023, Malaysian Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasusan Ismaili visited Nepal. During the visit, there was a discussion with the Minister of Labour and even the Prime Minister about revising the Labor Agreement.
During the discussion, the officials of both countries agreed to move forward by making the labor agreement more labor-friendly. After 17 years of labor supply between Nepal and Malaysia, a labor memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on 28th October 2018.
It is going to be reviewed after 5 years of the MoU. According to the MoU, it was expected that the economic exploitation of the workers going to work in Malaysia will end completely. Similarly, workers going to Malaysia were cheated through manpower companies, agents, and various organizations.
After the MoU, it was agreed that the employer company should bear all the expenses of the workers going to Malaysia for employment.
In Malaysia, it was meant to send Nepalese youth to Malaysia on the 'free visa free ticket'. It was said that Manpower, which supplies workers, can take half a month's salary from the employer as a service fee. But going beyond the agreement, Nepalis are being forced to go for foreign employment by paying millions of rupees.
The Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Social Security has adopted a strategy of renewing labor agreements with various countries. According to the Ministry of Labour, the government is proceeding on the same basis.