POLITICS

Tai Po NeoDemocrat councillor barred from Macau

Authorities told he NeoDemocrat he was risk to public order on trip to see hotel show

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 4:58am

A NeoDemocrats district councillor, who was taking 110 people to see a show in Macau, was denied entry to the city yesterday.

Tai Po district councillor Francis Yam Kai-bong, 34, said he was given a document by immigration officials that said it was likely he would disturb public order in Macau.

It was the first time he had been barred from entering the former Portuguese enclave.

Yam said he organised a tour through a travel agent for 110 Tai Po residents to see the House of Dancing Water show in the City of Dreams hotel in Macau.

They arrived in Macau at 10am and none of the other travellers experienced any problems at immigration.

"I was taken to a spot for people with problems with their travel documents," Yam said. "The officials kept telling me I should understand why I wasn't allowed to go in.

"And then I was given a paper that said there was a possibility that I could jeopardise public order in Macau."

Yam waited at the spot for half an hour and then took a ferry back to Hong Kong, while the other members of his party continued their trip to Macau, Zhuhai and Zhongshan . They were due to return today.

"I think it's weird," Yam said. "I haven't participated in any protest in Macau. I don't understand why. The only thing I could think of is the Grand Prix."

South China Morning Post photographer Felix Wong Chi-keung was barred from entering Macau in May as he set off to cover the Labour Day protests for universal suffrage.

Five Hong Kong activists were also denied entry into Macau in 2010 when they tried to enter the city during a visit by Premier Wen Jiabao.