KL detains Australian senator critical of Malaysia ahead of polls
KUALA LUMPUR (AP) - Malaysian immigration authorities on Saturday detained an Australian senator who flew into Kuala Lumpur to speak with officials about the upcoming Malaysian elections.
The independent senator, Mr Nick Xenophon, has made statements considered critical of Malaysia's government ahead of general elections that must be held before the end of June.
The South Australia state senator had planned to meet next week with Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, as well as a Cabinet minister and electoral authorities to discuss polling transparency issues. He said he was taken into custody when he arrived at a Kuala Lumpur airport and told he was on a security watch list.
"Apparently, I'm persona non grata, I'm said to be a security risk," Mr Xenophon told The Associated Press by telephone from an airport holding room. "This is extraordinary. It confirms our concerns about the situation in Malaysia."