KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian who gave up his job for an overseas one claimed that he was cheated by his “agent” and deported from Australia within hours of setting foot in that country.
Worse, the man, known only as Kai, 25, is now banned from entering Australia for three years.
He had given up his job as a surveyor and paid the agent RM7,700 to fulfil his dream of working abroad.
“Earlier this year, I met the agent, one Felix Ong from a so-called Foreign Immigration and Recruitment agency named Skynet Kuala Lumpur, who told me he could secure me a holiday working visa to New Zealand.
“After checking the agency’s Facebook page and visiting their office in a mall at Seri Kembangan, I paid a RM500 deposit on Feb 13 and another RM4,200 six days later,” he said.
However, Kai said the agent contacted him on March 3 to inform him that his application to New Zealand had failed.
“When I asked for a refund, he told me the payment was non-refundable and convinced me that I should apply to other countries where I had a better chance like the United States, Britain and Australia.
“Seeing that I could not get my money back, I chose Australia.
“About two weeks later, Ong told me that my Australian working visa was approved and he had arranged a plane ticket for me to Melbourne,” he said.
Kai then settled the final payment of RM3,000 to Ong in May.
On the day of his flight on June 10, Kai said he found out that his trip involved the return ticket and a four-day stay along with hotel accommodation and a sight-seeing tour.
“When I asked him about it, he just told me it would be easier that way to get past immigration.
“I also asked him about my visa details and who my employers were but he claimed that the rest of the information would only be disclosed once I landed,” he said.
Kai was stopped by immigration officers upon landing in Australia and held for 10 hours before being deported and banned.
“After I got back, I tried calling the agent but my calls were ignored.
“I went to their office but it was closed down,” he told reporters at a press conference held by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong here yesterday.
Chong said Kai was among seven victims who had come to him for help with similar cases since last year.
“The total losses from those cases are nearly RM1mil. I am certain there are many more unreported cases.
“They make their victims sign a document that gives them a year to help them secure a job overseas.
“So, you can’t sue or contact the police for a year if you are cheated.
“Usually, they are long gone by the time that period is over,” he said.
Chong urged those seeking employment abroad to go through proper channels.