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Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker barred from Malaysia

Malaysia barred a veteran Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker from entering the country Friday branding him a “troublemaker”, days after student leader Joshua Wong was denied entry over fears he would threaten ties with China.

Leung Kwok-hung — known as “Long Hair” — of the League of Social Democrats was turned away from Kuala Lumpur airport and sent back to Hong Kong.

Leung, 59, had been due to speak about Tiananmen Square and Hong Kong’s electoral reforms to local activists on Friday night with an open discussion on human rights scheduled for Saturday.

“We do not welcome troublemakers into Malaysia and that is why we deported him (Leung) back to Hong Kong. We only welcome peace-loving people,” Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said.

Khalid would not say whether Leung’s deportation was tied to Malaysia’s close ties with Beijing.

“The fiasco is unfounded and unnecessary,” said Avery Ng, the vice chairman of the League of Social Democrats, who works closely with Leung.

“This act shows that the Malaysian government does not respect freedom of speech.”

Hong Kong’s security minister Lai Tung-kwok said the city’s authorities would not intervene.

“We respect and we do not intervene in decisions made by immigration authorities in accordance with their law,” he told reporters.

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