As a farmer in Bangladesh, Jamal planted rice, wheat, and maize on the land he sold for 120,000 Bangladeshi Taka in his search for better opportunities in Malaysia. Upon arrival, he spent 8 years working as an illegal immigrant in a car wash. Under the 6P Programme, he obtained amnesty and eventually – legal status.
Since then, he has worked numerous jobs throughout his 11 years in Malaysia: gardener, electrician, plumber, and now construction worker, where he makes about RM2,000 – 2,500 a month. Back home, his family relies on him for financial support – the needs are endless – on top of the bribes necessary to get a job there. With his savings, he has bought land in Bangladesh, where he one day hopes to set up his own warehouse business storing large quantities of rice and wheat.
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