Taiwanese activist denied entry to Malaysia

News Desk in Putrajaya/The Star
Asia News Network

Putrajaya (The Star/ANN) - Malaysia's Immigration Department has barred a woman Taiwanese environmental activist from entering the country on grounds that her presence could disrupt public order.

Immigration director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said their records showed that Kam Chen Yi had, during her previous visit, been involved in activities that tarnished the image of the country.

"Her name is on the list of prohibited immigrants.

"When her name appeared on the list while her passport was being processed, we referred the case to the Travel Controller Officer who issued a no land order against her," he said.

Kam was reported to have participated in an anti-Rapid campaign in Pengerang, Johor, last July.

Alias said she arrived at the KL International Airport at 2am yesterday and left on a Taipei-bound Eva Airlines flight at 3.20pm.

Kam was believed to be heading for Langkawi to attend the Third South-East Asian Marine Mammal Symposium.

Kam is a member of a growing movement of young people, farmers, scholars and others trying to protect Taiwan from further destruction.

It successfully led a movement in 2011 to stop state-owned Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co from building a petrochemical complex in the republic.

Last month, Australian senator Nick Xenophon was not allowed into Malaysia as his name was on the department's blacklist as a "prohibited immigrant".