Hong Kong Student Activist Joshua Wong Barred From Malaysia

May 26, 2015

NewsStandOnline.Net (26-May-2015): Joshua Wong, the teenage face of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy student movement, was refused entry to Malaysia where he was scheduled to attend a series of forums relating to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Mr. Wong, 18, said in statements posted to his social media accounts on Tuesday that he was banned from leaving Malaysia’s Penang airport upon arrival because of a “government order,” he cited an immigration official as saying. He was put on a Dragon Air flight back to Hong Kong the same day.

Hong Kong Student Activist Joshua Wong Barred From Malaysia

The convener of student protest group Scholarism was due to speak a series of events organized by a group known as the “Malaysian Working Group on the 26th Anniversary of June 4,” made up of various Malaysian groups such as Perak Civic Group and the Penang Chinese Media Journalist and Photographers Association. Mr. Wong was invited to speak at events in Penang, Ipoh, Johor, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur between May 27 and June 4, according to an itinerary posted on Facebook.

Mr. Wong was scheduled to speak alongside Singapore activist and blogger Han Hui Hui on Tuesday night in Penang about youth activism in Hong Kong and Singapore.

“Joshua Wong, 18, too dangerous to step foot in Malaysia? Strange and embarrassing,” said Malaysian human rights lawyer Michelle Yesudas in a tweet.