KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia detained an Australian politician at Kuala Lumpur today, branding him a prohibited immigrant ahead of his expected deportation, in a move Canberra described as disappointing.
Nick Xenophon, an outspoken independent senator who has been critical of Malaysia’s electoral system, was held at the international airport near the capital Kuala Lumpur upon his arrival from Melbourne.
He is expected to be deported back to Melbourne later today.
Immigration director general Alias Ahmad said in a text message to AFP that Xenophon had tarnished the image of the country and been classified as a prohibited immigrant, without elaborating.
Xenophon told AFP that he was informed he was a security risk, adding that he was shocked this action has been taken.
He and other Australian lawmakers were planning the Malaysia trip to try to ascertain the freeness of upcoming national elections, due by June.