Kathmandu: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali today called Charge d’ Affaires of Malaysia to Nepal, Ahmad Fadil Ismail, to his office to discuss removing the additional fees taken arbitrarily from the Nepali workers going to Malaysia for employment.
Foreign Minister Gyawali has urged Malaysia to do away with such fees charged from Nepali workers going to Malaysia for employment when there is confusion among the workers and foreign employment agencies after the government’s decision to revoke the additional fees that has been charged from Nepali migrant workers in the name of Biometric, VLN, OSC, GSC and Mygram.
The Nepali workers have to pay around Rs 18,000 extra in the name of such unwarranted, illegal and unilaterally-charged fees.
On the occasion, Minister Gyawali urged the Malaysian Charge d’ Affaires to give a message to the Government of Malaysia to immediately address this problem as the additional charges imposed on Nepali workers going to Malaysia for employment was not justified and acceptable in the context of the Government of Nepal giving priority to send the Nepali workers under the ‘free visa, free ticket’ system.
Joint Secretary at the Ministry, Bhrigu Dhungana said that during the meeting talks were also held regarding resolving this problem with Nepal and Malaysia signing a labour agreement.
Malaysia’s Charge d’ Affaires to Nepal, Ismail gave the information that the same process was followed when Malaysia brought workers from other countries as well. He said he would relay the Government of Nepal’s concerns to the new government in Malaysia.
The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security had urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take the diplomatic initiatives for removing such arbitrary fees charged from Nepali workers going to Malaysia for work.