PETALING JAYA: Political activist Hishamuddin Rais (pic) was shocked to find that he was barred from leaving the country on Thursday night.
Immigration officers stopped Hishamuddin from boarding a flight to Seoul, South Korea where he was to attend a function as an observer.
â€œWhy am I banned is my question to the Malaysian authorities,â€ he said in a press release on Friday.
Hishamuddin said he had been invited to South Korea to act as an observer for a public assembly taking place there on Saturday as well as to meet with the South Korean National Police Agency and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea.
â€œWhat I’m trying to do is to help foster respect for human rights among fellow human beings. Why am I not allowed to leave the country?â€ said Hishamuddin.
Hishamuddin was among several activists, among them PKR’s Rafizi Ramli and Tian Chua and DAP’s Tony Pua, who were barred from leaving the country.