Joshua Wong Chi-fung, the student activist who helped lead protests during the Occupy movement in Hong Kong last year, said today that he was barred from entering Malaysia, where he’d planned on attending a series of seminars to talk about democracy.
Wong, who heads the student group Scholarism, was told he had to leave the country soon after landing at the Penang International Airport.
He sent a voice message to Hong Kong media outlets at 12:45 p.m. today explaining that “the Malaysian government has denied me entry and demanded I return to Hong Kong. I’m getting on the return flight.”
“Why was I denied entry? The Malaysian immigration staff said ‘Government order’,” Wong elaborated in a post to his Facebook account.
A spokesperson for Malaysia’s Minister for Home Affairs confirmed that authorities had detained the activist before deporting him. The immigration department will be issuing a statement on the issue, according to Channel Asia News.
SCMP reported that Wong had planned on attending four seminars in Penang, Ipoh and Johor to discuss Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement as well as the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown ahead of its June 4 anniversary.