People with Australian agricultural work visas enjoy same benefits as citizens, Malaysian Down Under employee says

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians working legally in Australia enjoy the same benefits as Australian citizens.

Ahmed Suffian Zamiran from Kuching, said that the working conditions are excellent if you stay and live there legally.

Depending on the industry or sector you are employed in, Australian employment is worth it when you compare it to Malaysia, not only because of the exchange rate but also the extent of employment, he added.

“We make money hourly, we get paid weekly, we pay taxes, and we also have a superannuation deduction, which is good. We are treated like Australian citizens even though we have a visa, ”he said. the sun yesterday.

The retirement pension is a compulsory system of placing a minimum percentage of income in a fund to meet the financial needs of retirement.

Ahmed, who has worked in Melbourne for four years, said working as a slave does not exist if you are legally employed in Australia.

He was sharing his experience of working there after Malaysia banned Australian farm work visas.

Ahmed said farming work will provide Malaysians with a huge opportunity to experience and get all the benefits Australia has to offer.

“(You will get) a better lifestyle with decent jobs and decent living conditions that you dreamed of.

“I would like Malaysians to come and grab this golden opportunity. It’s a revelation. There is so much to appreciate and thank, ”he said, adding that there are pros and cons to working and living in another country.

Selayang MP William Leong Jee Keen recently urged Human Resources Minister Datuk M. Saravanan to review the farm work visa ban he announced in Australia.

Almost 10,000 Malaysians have been recorded as having exceeded their visas in 2016-17.

The visa program grants a lifetime opportunity to some unemployed Malaysians to work on farms in Australia.

Farm workers and farmers will have access to this visa program and farm workers could earn up to RM12,000-15,000 per month.

Leong said that by banning Malaysians from obtaining this visa, the government condemned Malaysians working on Australian farms to a life of modern exploitation and slavery.

“The first reason given, that the visa is not acceptable to the government because it is a route to permanent residence in Australia, is not correct,” Leong said.

“The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has stated that the Australian Agricultural Work Visa is not a route to permanent residence in Australia.

The visa is the result of a finding by an Australian parliamentary committee on visa-related labor exploitation, exploited by unscrupulous employers to exert control over migrant labor, many of whom are Malaysians. “

He said the second reason given is that the Australian program would compete with the new government’s program to replace foreign plantation workers with Malaysian workers.

As part of the localization program to replace foreign workers with Malaysians, local workers will receive an incentive of RM 500 per month on a minimum wage of RM 1,500 per month.

He added that the government appears to be ignoring the conditions of Malaysians working on Australian farms.

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