Embassy won’t provide shelter to Bangladeshis under contract

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Bangladesh Embassy in Brunei will not provide shelter to Bangladeshi employees who are under contract with private companies in Brunei.

Mohammed Abdul Hye, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei, said this in response to an issue concerning a group of Bangladeshi contractors who worked at a private construction company in Belait before their visa applications were cancelled by their employer.

They are currently staying illegally in Brunei.

The high commissioner said he was aware of the situation and highlighted that the embassy will not interfere with contractual issues between the employer and the employees of private companies in the sultanate.

“Yes, it happened. The issue (was brought to my attention) but it is still a very private matter,” he said in an interview on the sidelines of their Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration held at his residence at Kg Sg Hanching on Saturday.

“The issue is purely a contractual obligation between the workers and construction company,” he said.

Mohammed Abdul Hye explained that the embassy will only provide protection to Bangladeshis who are stranded in Brunei or those in need of a bailout request.

He said, according to the Department of Immigration and National Registration, there is an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Bangladeshi nationals currently living in Brunei.

“Annually, there are around 2,000 to 3,000 new Bangladeshis entering Brunei and the same number of people will return to Bangladesh,” he said.

A majority of the Bangladeshis here work in the construction sector, said the high commissioner.

With this in mind, he reminded Bangladeshi employees working in the construction industry to follow the rules and regulations under the Labour Department and the Department of Immigration and National Registration when entering into employment agreements with private companies in Brunei.

The Brunei Times