KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, a known Christian, would have brought his religious agenda here if he had been allowed into the country, said iPeguam, the legal wing of Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma).
Defending Malaysia’s move to deport Wong back to Hong Kong, the wing said foreigners should stay away from teaching Malaysians how to practise democracy in its own land.
“The fact is, the anti-government activities pioneered by Joshua Wong in Hong Kong was closely linked to the Christian religion. Wong himself is not ashamed to declare his Christian identity as the main driver behind his activity all this while,” iPeguam chairman Mohd Luttfi Abdul Khalid told the group’s website.
“It is worrying if Wong also brought the Christian agenda in the meet-up or discussion sessions with those who invited him into the country,” he added.
Luttfi also accused human rights activists of deliberately hiding that fact in order to take opportunity of the country’s political atmosphere.
“Our country is going through an important phase to tackle threats against national stability with our own mechanism,” said the conservative right-wing group member.
“We don’t need foreign parties, what more somebody who has been involved in anti-government activities, to teach us how to practice democracy,” he added.
Wong, the face of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy student movement, was refused entry into Malaysia Tuesday, where he was scheduled to speak at a series of forums relating to the bloody Tiananmen Square 1989 crackdown.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar later described Wong as an “undesirable” person and said the activist was expelled over concerns that the 18-year-old could risk Malaysia-China ties.
The teenager is widely regarded as the impetus behind the 2014 mass protests in Hong Kong to demand the right to directly elect the head of the semi-autonomous administrative region.
Wong was named among TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens of 2014”.