Friday, October 26, 2012
Deported Malaysian demands apology
VIDEO INSIDE: Hooi Mei Then was denied entry into
because she was accused of
being a human trafficker, a charge that puzzles her. Taiwan
Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/10/25/deported-malaysian-demands-apology/ (By Leven Woon, 25/10/2012)
A clerk who has no criminal record was shocked to learn that she was denied entry into
went there for a trip a few weeks ago. Hooi Mei Theng, 28, was barred by the
Taiwanese immigration officers upon arriving there on Oct 7 as she was accused
of being a human trafficker. Having been detained and deported by the Taiwanese
authorities, she felt humiliated and demanded an apology from them. Taiwan
DAP Segambut parliamentarian Lim Lip Eng, DAP lawyer Eric Tan and Hooi related the incident to the media after meeting the secretary of the Taipei Economic and Culture Office here this morning.
Hooi was on her maiden seven-day trip to
with her husband and a friend, and arrived at the at around
10.40pm. While her husband and friend passed through immigration without any problems,
she was however stopped and accused of committing a human trafficking offence
in Taoyuan International
in March 2009. Taiwan
“They claimed that I was on their blacklist and they have banned me for 10 years starting 2009. I asked for clarifications but they only showed a paper that had my name, identification card number, passport number and the accusation that I brought illegal immigrants into
before,” she claimed. Taiwan
She was subsequently detained overnight by
immigration authorities and deported back to on Oct 8. Puzzled by the
deportation, Hooi said she had never faced this kind of situation before when
visiting Malaysia China in April this
year, and Singapore, Thailand and earlier. Indonesia
“I have never lost my identification card or passport. I am completely clueless why this happened,” she added.
Hooi later brought her case to the Bukit Aman police headquarters, Malaysian immigration department and Foreign Ministry. She was certified with a letter of good conduct by the ministry on Oct 16.
“I want them [the Taiwanese authorities] to apologise and compensate the RM7,000 hotel fees and other expenses I have paid upfront for the trip,” she said.
A different version
Lim said the Taiwanese embassy’s secretary told them a different story during a meeting.
“He said it was not accurate to say she committed the offence in
. The Taiwanese authorities
only got the information from an international network against human
traffickers which they are a member of. Taiwan
“He said the reason that Hooi was still allowed to enter a few countries was that those nations are not members of the network,” the MP said.
Lim also criticised the secretary’s arrogance for allegedly refusing to reconsider the ban, saying that
“can afford to lose a tourist like Hooi”. He said such a statement was uncalled
for as Malaysians would generally choose developed nations such as the Taiwan United States or if they were to work
“If we goHe added that the Malaysian’s police assistance was much needed to further pursue the case to clear Hooi’s name.
sole purpose is only to spend, not to work illegally,” he said. Taiwan