The company responsible for hiring the 372 Bangladeshis who were deported from Namibia last week says their employer, Malaysia's Ramatex Textile Factory, unfairly treated its workers.

Alif Hossain, public relations officer at The Eastern Overseas Recruiting agency, says Ramatex misled the Bangladeshi workers and was not honest about the contract that it had entered into with the agency.

Speaking to The Namibian newspaper, Hossain said that all of the men sent to Namibia were semi-skilled, not the unskilled labourers alleged by the factory in Windhoek.

He also said the factory managers discriminated against the labourers because they were Muslim, forcing them to live in bad conditions, and unfairly terminating their employment.

He added that the factory had not given the men an obligatory three months' probation period, and maintained that Ramatex, and not Eastern Overseas, was to blame for their poor treatment.

Ramatex made an agreement with the Bangladeshi recruiting agency, Eastern Overseas, in May, but Ramatex later said that it was halting work permit applications for the men because they turned out to be unskilled.

Hossain said he will try to get compensation from Ramatex for the contract violations, and would attempt to secure alternative employment for the men.