Hong Kong activist: My fight is with China, not Malaysia

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Wong shows his boarding pass back in Hong Kong. - AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: Joshua Wong does not understand why he was barred from entering Malaysia as he is fighting for rights within China and not anywhere else.

"I don't understand why Malaysia refused me as I'm fighting for universal suffrage within China, not in Malaysia," said the Hong Kong student activist who was the face of the 'Umbrella Movement', which brought parts of Hong Kong to a standstill for more than two months late last year with mass rallies calling for fully free leadership elections.

Wong was refused entry at the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas after touching down at 11.55am Tuesday.

On his arrival back in Hong Kong, Wong said customs officers in Malaysia had taken his passport and air ticket for half an hour before telling him he had to return to Hong Kong "immediately".

"I asked if there was any detailed information about the Government order and they didn't want to respond. They tried to grab my arms and take me away," said Wong.

Wong believed there was a "political reason" behind his rejection but added; "I don't understand how there is any relation between the Umbrella Movement and Malaysia's national security."

Wong, 18, said he had been invited to "share his experience and views on the Umbrella Movement and the June 4 incident".

His visit came less than two weeks before the 26th anniversary on June 4 of the Tiananmen Square massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing.

Wong called on the Hong Kong government to look into his case, saying it was an infringement of his right to travel freely.

Hong Kong's security bureau said the government "attaches importance" to residents' rights outside Hong Kong, but did not say whether it would intervene in Wong's case.

"We respect the right of other jurisdictions in exercising immigration control and making decisions in accordance with their laws," it said in a statement.

Hong Kong authorities have not imposed any travel restrictions on Wong. - AFP

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