15/07/2021 Bangladeshi migrants: exploitation, abuse in Brunei At least 49 Bangladeshi migrant workers who were victims of exploitation and human trafficking have claimed their unpaid wages and other dues amounting to B$ 3,23,890 (Tk 20429291.88) against the four companies in Brunei, according to Bangladesh High Commission in Brunei Darussalam. As the companies allegedly violated the employment order 2009 of Brunei Darussalam, Bangladesh High Commission recently brought the incident to the attention of the Brunei government and sought immediate actions against the culprits. The Brunei companies that allegedly exploited Bangladeshi migrant workers were identified as MB SND BHD (RC 20001152), Hj Momin Snd Bhd, Haja Monwara Snd Bhd (RC 20000535) and Hj Bashar Snd Bhd (RC 20000104), according to Bangladesh High Commission. These companies were directly managed by Mohammad Baharul, Md Alamin, and Abdul Monin, and the exploitations were perpetrated by three Bangladeshi men and their Brunei partners –Abd Rahman Bin Haji Ibrahim, Arwinie Binti Haji Rakawie, Bangladesh High Commissionmentioned in a letter. Bangladeshi victims claimed over $B 6,600 each as unauthorized wage-deduction, charging Sultan tax, insurance fees, staff house rent and forged medical test fee, and depriving due wage and overtime. Other allegations against the companies included confiscation of passports, denial of extending visas for many months, rejection of issuing contract papers, time cards, and wage documents. The allegations and persistent violation of employment order 2009 of Brunei by the companies were filed to the office of Commissioner, the department of labour, Negara Brunei Darussalam on June 30, 2021. Brunei Darussalam remained under the Tier 2 Watch list for the third consecutive year while Bangladesh was put in the Tier 2 list of the US State Department’s annual report on Traffic-in-Person (TIP) released recently. Case Study Bangladeshi migrant Oli Ullah lodged his complaint with the Bangladesh High Commission that he had paid Tk 350,000 to employer Mohammad Baharul who promised him the good-wage-driving job at his Haja Monwara Snd Bhd company in Brunei. Offering a monthly wage of Tk 36,000 along with other benefits, Oli Ullah who hailed from Comilla district was brought to Brunei on July 13, 2017, through the illegal channel “Body Contract” in Dhaka airport. On his arrival at Brunei airport, he was received by Jewel, an employee of Hj Bashar Snd Bhd company, which was also run by Baharul. Oli Ullah was then taken to a labour camp of Baharul situated in Mestri area where his passport was confiscated by the Bahalur’s men and they were yet to return it. He was forced to do other works except the driving job. Baharul and his two brothers Alamin and Monin allegedly tortured Oli Ullah and asked him to bring more money from Bangladesh to purchase a ‘Pickup Van” in Brunei for him. Later, Oil Ullah handed over Tk 7, 35,000 more to Baharul and his men. Despite paying a total of TK 11, 13, 472, the alleged human traffickers did not hand over any Pickup Van to Oli Ullah, according to a letter from Bangladesh High Commission. When Oil Ullah wanted to change his employer, Bahalur’s men forced him to pay more than B$2,100 as the visa renewal fee and other costs though his visa has not been renewed until now. Oli’s employer received three-month wages by forcing the victim to work in another supply company, depriving him. Oli Ullah claimed total money of B$ 21,490 (Tk 1355477.11). During the investigation into the allegations, Bangladesh High Commission found that MB SND BHD, Hj Momin Snd Bhd, Haja Monwara Snd Bhd, Hj Bashar Snd Bhd, and Seribu Jaya Sdn Bhd were involved in exploiting, cheating, and trafficking Bangladeshi workers to Brunei. her in Nov or Dec next: Education Minister  News https://www.businessinsiderbd.com/economy/news/7877/bangladeshi-migrants-exploitation-abuse-in-brunei Ctg to become Covid-19 hotspot after Eid 2/6

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