AusA380 From Australia, joined Jan 2009, 311 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1679 times:
Malaysian Government deports and Australian Senator on arrival at KL over the weekend as he was perceived to be a security risk. The first Australian Parliamentarian ever to be deported from any country and he was part of a multi-party visit to Malaysia. Senator Xenaphon has an interest in ensuring democracy.
Should the Australian government suspend MH rights to fly into Australia in response?
RyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5995 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1637 times:
I heard about this on the news this morning, and honestly could not believe it!
I'm not sure what the Malaysian Government is playing at, but deporting an Australian Senator could have caused them a pretty significant diplomatic headache.
I would like to think the Australian Government responds appropriately, and rigorously, but I do think that suspending trade (including bilateral air rights) with Malaysia is going a bit far. I'm sure MH will be unaffected.
Quokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1314 times:
I can't see what benefit would come from denying MH access to Australian ports. The immediate response from Malaysia would probably be to bar Australian carriers. Can Australia afford to encourage more passengers to fly with SQ, TG or GA?
Australia, on a daily basis, refuses access to people, incarcerating them and shipping them to a camp in Nauru. All that has happened to Xenophon is that he was put on the next available flight to Australia. Ruffled feathers might warrant a protest from Canberra (and a hint that Malaysian MPs could find themselves in a similar position) but it does not call for disruption of aviation services.
usflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1287 times:
Quoting AusA380 (Reply 7):
I am sure if one of the US Senators was on a visit to Malaysia with meetings with Government and Opposition leaders and was denied entry it would be a diplomatic issue.
Bearing in mind that there were two other members of the Australian Parliament also visiting as part of the same meetings (just arriving a day later)
If the senators were on some sort of official visit, yes it would be a diplomatic issue. But if some US Senators took it upon themselves to inject themselves into the internal politics of another country and got deported it would be a non-issue.
ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13257 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1061 times:
Many governments can exclude people entering their countries for various reasons:
Don't have a proper passport or a valid visa.
Have a criminal record in their home country of a level unacceptable to the country entering, especially any conviction for illegal drugs.
Don't have a return or onward travel ticket or insufficient funds or access to funds.
Having a serious Illness or having a contagious disease.
Violations of customs laws.
Those believed to be entering the country illegally in general or to work without the proper papers.
Then there can be political reasons like if have expressed anti-Islamic views or against the the controlling government or to enter to promote an social, political or religious view that is unacceptable to those that control the government.
Just because you are an elected or appointed political official doesn't guarantee you entry to bypass national standards for entry to any other country. I would like to know the specifics at to the denial of entry of this Australian MP, if for acceptable causes or political.
aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1489 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 971 times:
Funny how diplomatic relations between Australia and Malaysia seem to resemble a roller coaster ride. There was a time when a former Malaysian Prime Minister was labelled "recalcitrant" by Australia and things took a dip. Did Australia not recently attempted to sign some form of agreement with Malaysia relating to housing refugees trying to get into Australia? And in spite of failed attempts (twice actually) to achieve some form of partnership between Qantas and Malaysia Airlines, the former is the sponsor airline for Malaysia Airlines entry into oneworld.
Maybe we will in future see Malaysian officials travelling to Australia to talk to the opposition and cast doubt over the credibility of Australia's elections.
Quokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 914 times:
Quoting ltbewr (Reply 10): I would like to know the specifics at to the denial of entry of this Australian MP, if for acceptable causes or political.
Xenophon has visited Malaysia before conducting reviews of electoral laws and practice as part of the International Observers Group, as well as observing the trial of Anwar Ibrahim. The fact that he and two other Australian MPs had arranged to meet with a Minister in the Malaysian Government, as well as with Anwar Ibrahim and Ambiga Sreenivasan, suggests that the decsion to deny entry and to deport was made on political grounds.
airpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 963 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 904 times:
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 12): suggests that the decsion to deny entry and to deport was made on political grounds.
That's precisely right. This incident has almost nothing to do with Australia-Malaysia bilateral relations and everything to do with local politics in Malaysia. A general election is about to called and perhaps for the first time in the country's history, the ruling coalition is at risk of losing. Xenophon, who is seen as supporting change in Malaysia, is just caught in the cross fire. This deportation comes as part of the current government's series of increasingly desperate attempts at curbing dissent - that have invariably ended with shooting itself in the foot every time.
Getting back to the topic of aviation, suspending MH could be a tad drastic I feel, and I'm not sure whipping up nationalistic sentiment in Malaysia at this time would help the cause for change.
Kent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 882 times:
I can see some sort of diplomatic letter, certainly not anything as drastic as suspending MH rights. Xenophon is an independent thorn in the side of both Government and opposition in Australia, and Australia is very aware of Malaysian politics.
It does look to be a desperate, politically motivated act on the part of the Malaysian Government.
9MMPQ From Netherlands, joined Nov 2011, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 854 times:
Quoting chrisrad (Reply 4): My question is after seeing some of the photos, why was he at the LCCT terminal? Did he fly AisAsia X?
First reports i have seen did mention he was flying Air Asia X and would be sent back on them too. I'm pretty sure it was also reported on www.news.com.au but the link the OP provided is a bit different from the first reports i have seen.
I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. But I don't trust coincidences.
DeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 8090 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 798 times:
Quoting AusA380 (Thread starter): Should the Australian government suspend MH rights to fly into Australia in response?
What, why? Talk about escalating the situation. Malaysia made a mistake, acted dumb, or there is actually a legit reason why they did this. Either way, denying MH into Australia would be childish and pointless, and what would that accomplish? Stick it to Malaysia?
icanfly From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 703 times:
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8): Australia, on a daily basis, refuses access to people,
Australia is equally ruthless when it comes to refusing entry to people it deems a "threat". I have no doubt the Australian Government would deny entry to a Malaysian who had aggressively criticized Australia. The only difference is that foreigners generally require a visa to enter Australia, so the refusal happens at the visa application stage and is not particularly newsworthy. As a result, there's no dramatic deportation at the airport because the person was not even allowed on to the plane.