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  • Hong Kong student activist deported

    GEORGE TOWN: Hong Kong-based student activist Joshua Wong was deported out of Malaysia this afternoon, about an hour after he landed at the Penang International Airport here. The 18-year-old, who landed at 11.55am, was refused entry into the country and sent on the next flight back to Hong Kong at 12.55pm. Wong, one of the leaders behind the Umbrella revolution and the 2014 massive pro-democracy street protest in Hong Kong, was scheduled to speak at four forums to be held in Penang, Ipoh, Johor Baru and Petaling Jaya respectively. The forums are supposed to be held today until Friday. He was expected to share his experience and views on the Umbrella Movement and the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989. The forums, titled ‘The Uprising of Youth and New Social Activism in Singapore and Hong Kong’, are said to be a run-up to the 26th anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre. Forum organising committee member Chin Kae Min said the forum would continue despite Wong’s absence and that the other speakers -- Singaporean activist Han Hui Hui and Hong Kong Legislative Council member Leung Kwok-hung -- would be joining the forum’s last stop in Petaling Jaya. Wong was one of the leaders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement last year, which saw thousands taking to the streets for 79 days to push for electoral reforms in the city. Meanwhile Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, when asked about the deportation at the Parliament lobby today, said if immigration barred a foreign citizen from entering the country, it was usually because of national security.

  • Putrajaya fears youth uprising, activists say after HK student leader expelled
    Putrajaya fears youth uprising, activists say after HK student leader expelled

    GEORGE TOWN, May 26 — Suaram Penang and Singapore activist Han Hui Hui have condemned the deportation of Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong from Malaysia as an undemocratic act against peaceful...

  • 150 foreign and local media at Terengganu’s four festivals

    KUALA TERENGGANU: Nearly 150 foreign and local journalists from 30 countries will converge in Terengganu for a week as the state celebrates four tourism festivals next week. The journos will cover Terengganu’s International Candat Sotong Festival (squid jigging) in Pulau Redang and Laguna Island Resort and then attend the concurrently held Tasik Kenyir Festival, the Peranakan Festival in Kampung Cina and the International Beach Sports Festival at Pantai Batu Burok on June 2-7. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the event would put the state on the world tourism map via the wide media publicity on the event, and indirectly boost the overall foreign revenue. “Apart from bloggers and journalists of the print, electronic and broadcast media, the festivals will have a huge impact as it will also involve tourism activists, agents and the Fisheries Department,” he said., adding that they would also get to visit and cover many of the state’s other prominent tourist spots. The western foreign journalists involved are from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria and Britain. The Asian countries involved are China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, India, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. “Apart from experiencing events at the various tourists’ spots, the journalists will also get a first-hand look for themselves at what Terengganu has to offer. Meanwhile, Terengganu Tourism and Culture Committee deputy chairman Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abdul Rahman said the journalists will get to visit to the Duyong Marina and Resort, Syahbandar Jetty, Pulau Redang and the nearby marine park in Pulau Pinang, Laguna Island Resort, the Rhu Sepuloh beach resort and cultural village in Setiu and Kuala Baru estuary in Kampung Mangkuk. “At Tasik Kenyir, the journalists will get to take part in the various water sports, visit the water theme park and the Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village. “Then, there will be visits to Pasar Payang, state museum and monument park at Taman Tamadun Islam,” said Tengku Zaihan. He added the journalists would also participate in a candat sotong session off the Duyong Marina and Resort jetty before winding up their tour with a media briefing by Ahmad Razif followed by a barbeque dinner at the resort.