Category Archives: Malaysia

मलेसियामा ठगिँदै नेपाली कामदार (Nepali)

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क्वालालम्पुरको जलान अम्पाङस्थित नेपाली दूतावासमा हतास मुद्रामा भेटिए, रोशन भट्ट । रावाङको एक कागजे झोला बनाउने कम्पनीमा पाँच वर्षदेखि कार्यरत उनी पछिल्ला दुई वर्षयता भने गैरकानुनी कामदारको हैसियतमा थिए । काठमाडौं बसुन्धरास्थित घरबाट बिरामी आमाले बारम्बार बोलाएपछि उनले मन थाम्न सकेनन् । त्यसैले फर्कन हतारिएका थिए । तर गैरकानुनी हैसियतमा भएकै कारण उनलाई घर फर्किन महँगो परिरहेको थियो । २६ सय रिंगिट अर्थात् नेपाली ६५ हजार नेपाली रुपैयाँ ‘दलाल’ को हातमा सुम्पेर घर फर्कने मेलोमेसो मिलाउँदै थिए उनी । भट्टले तिरेको पैसा ‘आवश्यक’ रकमभन्दा एक तिहाइले बढी हो ।

वैशाखयताको चार महिनामा मात्रै उनीजस्तै ६ हजार ६ सय ८३ गैरकानुनी हैसियतका नेपाली कामदारले ट्राभल डकुमेन्ट बनाएको दूतावासको रेकर्ड छ । अहिले ‘विधिसम्मत’ रूपमा प्रत्येक कामदारले घर फर्कंदा हवाई शुल्कसहित कम्तीमा २३ सय रिंगिट खर्च गर्नुपर्ने देखिन्छ । जसमा ट्राभल डकुमेन्टका लागि १ सय ६० रिंगिट, फोटोका लागि २० रिंगिट, घरफिर्ती प्रक्रियाका लागि मलेसिया सरकारले तोकेको कम्पनी हारफासेले लिने सेवा शुल्क ५ सय ५० रिंगिट, मलेसियाको अध्यागमन कार्यालयमा बुझाउनुपर्ने ४ सय रिंगिट र हवाई शुल्क समेटिएको हुन्छ ।  Continue reading

सकसका ५६ दिन (Nepali)

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२०७४-२०७४ असार ४ गते । चितवन गीतानगरस्थित घरबाट बुबाले एकै सासमा यति कुरा भन्नुभयो, ‘लौन के गर्ने ? त त्यहाँ छस् । के कसो गर्नुपर्ने हो तुरुन्तै बुझिहाल । सकेसम्म छिटो गर्नुपर्‍यो ।’

यति हतारिएको र मलिनो स्वरमा बुवा हत्तपत्ती बोल्नुहुँदैनथ्यो । उहाँको स्वर अक्सर गर्विलो हुने गथ्र्यो । फोन राख्नेबित्तिकै म सलङ भएँ । नसामा रगत हैन पानी बगेजस्तै भयो ।

मैले सबैभन्दा पहिले धनवीर ठूलाबालाई सम्झें । छिमेकी र बाको समवयी भएकैले उहाँलाई ठूलाबा सम्बोधन गर्थें । ठूलाबाको शालीन र मायालु स्वरले मात्रै हैन, सधैं केही न केही नयाँ गरिराख्ने र नथाक्ने स्वभावले मलाई सधैं आकर्षित गरिराख्यो । त्यति असल मान्छेको जीवनको उत्तराद्र्धमा यति ठूलो शोक पर्नु सामान्य कुरा थिएन । मनमनै सोचें, भगवान् छन् भने तिनी निर्दयी रहेछन् । तिनले पाप र धर्मको ख्याल गर्न पटक्कै जान्दा रहेनछन् । Continue reading

Never heard from again

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Hundreds of Nepali migrant workers never return home, not even in coffins. They simply disappear.

There are plenty of stories about the high mortality rate of Nepali workers abroad, or migrants being cheated by recruiters. Less well known is the fact that many Nepalis simply disappear while working abroad.

The Gulf countries and Malaysia have become a black hole for hundreds of migrant workers who have vanished without trace over the years. Their families are helpless, and do not know whether their loved ones are dead or alive. The government is of no help.

Since it started monitoring in 2009 the Foreign Employment Promotion Board has records of 5,000 Nepalis who have died abroad. But it does not have numbers for the missing. Continue reading

Safe immigration is a must

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In May 2016, while flying to Malaysia, I met Sohel. A 20-year-old boy from Barishal, the southern coastal district of Bangladesh, He was on the flight because he had been promised a well-paying job once he reached Malayasia by a labour broker in his village. For this verbal agreement, the broker took four hundred thousand Bangladeshi taka, a big amount given his family’s straitened circumstances. Sohel’s father had to sell a portion of their ancestral land to pay the broker. Sohel, however, had been given no job contract or legal document confirming his payment and employment. He didn’t even know what work he would do once he reached. As someone who could not read and could barely sign his name, Sohel’s vulnerability as a migrant worker was acute.

When I pressed for more information, I was shocked to learn that this was Sohel’s second foray at securing a job in Malayasia. He had made the same trip two months back, based on a similar promise made by the same broker.  Continue reading

The Cycle of Migration

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FOLLOWING FATHER: After his father Man Bahadur Limbu returned from Malaysia, 20-year-old Prakash Limbu went to work as a migrant worker.

Man Bahadur Limbu went to Malaysia in 2002, hoping to escape poverty and war. He worked in a factory for four years and was allowed to visit his family only once, in 2004.

He endured the burden of a loan, inhuman working conditions and separation from family. Man Bahadur, a fifth-grade dropout, ploughed his savings into education for his children so that they would never have to suffer what he did as a migrant worker.

However, his 20-year-old son Prakash Limbu (pictured) also dropped out of school in Grade 9, and went to Malaysia last year. Like his father, he is now working in a factory on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading

Bangladesh workers abroad face hard time

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Mizanur Rahman, a mason at a construction firm in Saudi Arabia, is worried about losing his job. His employer has recently expressed inability to continue some of the ongoing projects due to financial crisis.

The lone breadwinner of a five-member family from Faridpur cannot even begin to imagine what would happen to his family if he loses the job.

“We are not getting our wages for the last six months. We are still working for the company, hoping the situation would change soon,” said Mizanur, who has been working for Saudi Oger, one of the largest construction firms in Saudi Arabia, for around four years.

“But there is no sign of improvement… Rather, our employer has told us that he may suspend some of the projects for fund crisis,” the 40-year-old migrant worker told The Daily Star over the phone from the kingdom yesterday. Continue reading

Agents promise false to Bangladeshi migrant workers

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Bangladeshis who came to Malaysia before August 2015 as a tourist or labourer can apply for legal worker status. But agents are making money by promising all migrant workers that they can help them obtain legal status. Even the main company involved with the legalization process of migrant workers, MYEG, is taking advantage of workers.

(As broadcast on Ekattor TV, Bangladesh.)

Malaysia becoming death camp for migrant workers

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The maltreatment of migrants has led to many deaths and brought disgrace to the country besides obstructing long-term economic progress.

By Joshua Woo Sze Zeng in Free Malaysia Today

The Nepalese embassy’s recent report of 461 deaths of its workers in 2015 is a 32% increase from the 348 deaths in 2014. That is an average of nine deaths per week. At this rate, Malaysia is becoming a death camp for migrant workers.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) in its “Review of Labour Migration Policy in Malaysia” has attributed the cause of the high fatality among migrants to “poor working conditions, high-levels of occupational stress and lack of adequate medical care.”

This is all the result of the Federal Government’s ineffective regulation of the welfare of foreign workers and its dubious migrant policy. Continue reading

Undocumented Bangladeshi migrant workers face tough time in Malaysia

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To avoid arrests, illegal/ undocumented workers in Malaysia are now living in forests and abandoned warehouses. Since they don’t have a visa or employment papers, they are in conflict with the police. On one hand, helpless Bangladeshi migrant workers are not getting jobs; on the other hand they cannot pay back the money they have invested to come here.

(As broadcast on Ekattor TV, Bangladesh.)