Hong Kong legislature to debate Macau’s entry ban today

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Issue 630, Page 4
Word count: 402
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Two democratic advocates from Hong Kong, Frederick Fung Kin-kee and Bruce Liu Sung-lee, were barred from Macau for the second time yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday was the day when the National Security Law came into effect in Macau.

As proposed by Hong Kong lawmaker and member of the Democratic Party, Albert Ho Chun-yan, the 11am meeting at the Legislative Council (LegCo) today will at the end hold an adjournment debate on Macau’s immigration policy.

“That this Council do now adjourn for the purpose of debating the following issue: The situation faced by Hong Kong people [including Legislative Council Members, District Council members, members of political parties, people from non-government organizations and journalists] for being persistently refused entry by the Macao Government,” the agenda at the LegCo homepage reads.

The debate will be attended by Secretary for Security, Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong.

Fung, a lawmaker and member of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood (HKADPL), and Liu, a District Council member and chairman of the HKADPL, were first denied entry to Macau early last month.

As the National Security Law was in force yesterday, Fung said he and Liu made their way to the neighbouring SAR in order to “test whether they could pass the customs”, the Hong Kong media reported.

However, they were turned away based on Macau’s internal security law, Fung said.

According to the Hong Kong lawmaker, the immigration officers said their names were shown on the computer and did not make any further inquiries before ordering them to go back to Hong Kong.

He said he suspected that it was in relation to their joint declaration earlier to oppose the enactment of Article 23 in Macau, according to the Hong Kong media.

Fung also said that he will write to Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah to request for an explanation and also to Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in a hope that he will “discuss the matter” with the Macau side.

On the other hand, Johannes Chan Man-mun, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong, was also reported to have been turned away last Friday when he went to attend a legal seminar in Macau.

The seminar was cancelled lastly due to Chan’s absence, the Hong Kong media reported.

Chan said his trip to Macau was called off after “an immigration officer saw my name on a list”.

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