31 May DISMAYED WITH DENIALS OF ENTRY FOR HONG KONG DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS INTO MALAYSIA
I am dismayed by reports that Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong and Leung Kwok-hung (aka “Long Hair”) were denied entry in Malaysia.
The men were supposed to come to our country to speak about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and the Tiananmen Square incident.
Wong was denied entry allegedly because the police felt that he would harm Malaysia’s security and jeopardise our ties with China.
These excuses are frankly laughable.
Wong and Leung—as far as I am aware—have not been convicted of any offence.
It is not clear therefore why they would pose a threat to Malaysia’s security or be considered as undesirables.
As for what the People’s Republic of China would think of us letting him in: why are we, a sovereign nation, allowing foreign countries to dictate our border policies?
Moreover, our government’s fear of offending China is strange given that Prime Minister Najib Razak was recently in Tokyo to sign a new strategic partnership with Japan—which in turn is locked in an increasingly bitter geopolitical rivalry with China.
Or was Wong and Leung’s rough treatment simply because Putrajaya—like Beijing—is afraid of the opponents of injustice, anytime and anywhere?
The Government of Malaysia must apologise to the two men and let them enter.
NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD
PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT YOUTH LEADER