6 October 2016
Report: Malaysians in NZ warned of travel ban over
Malaysians living in New Zealand have been purportedly warned of being slapped with a travel ban if they participated in the Bersih 5 rally slated to be held in Auckland on Nov 19.
According to New Zealand Herald (NZ Herald), a three-year ban could be imposed upon their return to Malaysia if they discredited or ridiculed the Malaysian government.
However, Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed denied this.
“It is wrong,” he told Free Malaysia Today when asked to comment on the NZ Herald report.
The NZ Herald report quoted the rally organiser Lydia Chai as claiming that Putrajaya was attempting to bully Malaysians in New Zealand into keeping silent.
“But many Malaysians are now sick of the threats and are realising that keeping quiet is not going to change anything.
“I will not be bullied and I’m not afraid of their threats,” added Chai, who is also Global Bersih treasurer.
PETALING JAYA: Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed has denied that Malaysians participating in the Bersih 5 rally in Auckland, New Zealand, risk being barred from leaving Malaysia after returning home.
“It is wrong,” he told FMT when asked about a report by the New Zealand Herald (NZH) which highlighted the purported ruling by Putrajaya.
According to NZH, Malaysians living overseas have been warned that they would be barred from leaving Malaysia for three years after returning from overseas if they were found to ridicule or discredit the government.
NZH had reported that the Bersih 5 rally in New Zealand will take place on Nov 19 at Aotea Square.