Malaysia hikes medical test fee for prospective migrant workers

Kathmandu, September 18

Malaysia’s government has hiked fees it charges to prospective Nepali migrant workers for taking medical checks before heading to Malaysia for work.

The fee was hiked after an agreement between Nepal and Malaysia. Prospective workers have to pay for the bio-medical screening test and employers will have to provide a refund after the worker concerned works in Malaysia for a month.

Prospective workers now need to pay Rs 7,664 for the medical check, out of which Rs 4,500 is medical for examination and Rs 2,800 is for medical processing. A statement issued by the Embassy of Malaysia stated that 13 per cent VAT (Rs 364) will also be added to the amount .

If the employer doesn’t refund the amount, workers can file a complaint.

This comes after the governments of Nepal and Malaysia signed an agreement on September 12 to re-open Malaysia for Nepali workers. Nepali workers were not allowed to go to Malaysia since May last year after the government cracked down on Immigration Security Clearance and One Stop Centre that had been levying hefty charges on Nepali migrants.

Published on September 18th, Wednesday, 2019 1:19 PM

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