KUALA LUMPUR – Indian politician Vaiko was refused entry into Malaysia as he was blacklisted, said Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali.
The Immigration director-general said Vaiko was detained by department officers upon arrival at the KL International Airport (KLIA) on Friday.
“He was not allowed to enter the country as he has been blacklisted. It is part of our procedure to refuse entry for those blacklisted,” he said when contacted.
It is learnt that Vaiko will be boarding a flight back to India later Friday.
The politician had been on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH181 from Chennai and arrived at KLIA at 6.30am before he was detained.
Vaiko is the founder and current secretary-general of the political party Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), and had been invited to Malaysia by Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy to attend his daughter’s wedding banquet on Saturday.
It is learnt that Vaiko might have been blacklisted due to his alleged past involvement with the outlawed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).