Malaysia detains Australian senator at airport



KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian immigration authorities have detained an Australian senator who flew into Kuala Lumpur to speak with officials about upcoming Malaysian elections.

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has made statements considered critical of Malaysia’s government ahead of general elections that must be held before the end of June.

Xenophon had planned to meet next week with Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as well as a Cabinet minister and electoral authorities to discuss polling transparency issues.

He said he was taken into custody when he arrived at a Kuala Lumpur airport Saturday and told he was on a security watch list.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr called for the immediate release of Xenophon, who is expected to be deported Saturday night.

Malaysian Home Ministry representatives could not be immediately reached.

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  • Cano Manuel

    Malaysia is looking for trouble.

    • suroy_suroy

      as if they not have already enough on the plate with the royal forces of the sultanate of sulu and north borneo – hahaha

    • Observer_din

      malaysia has the guts to do it.. dapat ganun din ang pilipinas

  • RyanE

    It’s within the rights of a sovereign country to grant or deny entry to foreigners.

  • geminimind

    Any one is more than welcome to go to any country provided you don’t re-arrange their “political cabinetry”.

  • Love God

    There is no end to political persecution of Anwar Ibrahim.

    Fair election? No way.

  • louie

    it seems Malaysia is showing some “colors”. What’s happening to them? hmmm

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Anwar Ibrahim is one of the most decent and respectable Malaysian

    and probably the most appreciated by the Malaysian populations, an educated Liberal democratic technocrat, thinking country instead of the Asian traditional feudal brutal selfishness for privates interests, Philippines style !

    Somme parallels can be done with Nonoy Aquino, ready to suffer for the country goods.

    The Anwar Ibrahim main default is to be too charismatic, clever and open minded, compared to the rough and Obsolete’s iron fist controlling the country.

  • californiaflip

    Malaysian politicians are pushing the xenophobe card. It may backfire, the sultan of Sulu problem could be big.

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