Malaysians detained by Australian Immigration Officials

Australia Immigration officers have arrested 34 Malaysians, who were working as fruit pickers without  valid work permit on a blueberry farm in Coffs Coast.

Bersih Sydney has revealed on its Facebook article, that Salvation Army Australia approached their organization to assist the Malaysians.  The detainees were moved to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre.

The article said, “It was soon clear that these illegal workers had fallen victim to a scam that is becoming increasingly prevalent.”  The gravity of this issue had forced the Australian High Commission in Malaysia to raise a concern.

The organization revealed that some agents linked to travel companies were claiming to assist Malaysian nationals in getting fruit-picking jobs in Australia in just RM3, 999. The cost comprises of airfare, visa application, hotel expenses, transport fees and accommodation.

Apparently, agents are misleading the people for their personal gains. The Australian Salvation Army is working seriously with the authorities to put an end to illegal practices. “We advise the public to stay informed on such scams and to only obtain Australian visas through reputable channels.”

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