It’s unbelievable: Hong Kong pan-democrat denied entry to Macau

by Jeffie Lam / April 16, 2017

Hong Kong accountancy sector lawmaker Kenneth Leung, a moderate pan-democrat who had no problem travelling to mainland China over the weekend, called it “unbelievable” after he was denied entry to Macau on Sunday.

Leung, who was planning a holiday with his family in the former Portuguese enclave, demanded an explanation from the Macau authorities as the lawmaker was unconvinced by the reason offered by immigration officers that he would be a threat to the city’s internal security.

“This is utterly strange and totally beyond comprehension,” said Leung, who entered Macau last April without any difficulties.

“I have done nothing related to Macau recently … The Macau authorities are [denying entry] recklessly.”

Leung of the Professionals Guild was among 18 lawmakers who paid a two-day visit last week to the Dongjiang or East River in Guangdong to inspect the source of Hong Kong’s water supply.

The lawmaker came under the spotlight in March after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who recently became a vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, sued him for defamation over remarks about a HK$50 million payment he received from an Australian engineering firm.

Kenneth Leung was also a key figure who helped coordinate the 326 pan-democrats on the 1,194-member Election Committee, which returned Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as the next chief executive last month.

“There is definitely a blacklist of pan-democrats in Macau … I do not understand why I would be turned away from Macau when I could actually enter the mainland,” said the lawmaker, who made a day trip to Foshan in Guangzhou last month.

Leung, who has never been refused entry to the casino city, pledged to raise the case with Hong Kong’s Security Bureau.

Last November, the Hong Kong government confirmed that Beijing would accept applications from pan-democrats for home-return permits, which are required by Hongkongers to enter the mainland.

The move was regarded as an olive branch by Beijing after at least a dozen pan-democrats saw their travel documents expire with no hope of renewal because of their activism following the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989.

Hong Kong residents can enter Macau with their identity cards. But it has been turning away more activists from Hong Kong in recent years. Read more…


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