Forget about International Conferences

I am quite ashamed and disgusted at our immigration officers move to deport a prominent human-rights lawyer from our shores on grounds that he gave a speech.

According to the news article, “It is learnt police requested Bourdon’s deportation, claiming that he had violated his social visit visa by giving a speech at a dinner in Penang on Thursday night.”


This means that it is now illegal for foreigners who come in on a social visit pass to give speeches. This will have a serious impact on our country as a destination for international speakers and conferences.

As part of the organising committee for an international conference in October, most of our speakers are foreigners who are experts in their fields.

I guess that this means that our organising committee has to try to get them a pas lawatan ikhtisas instead. I hope that someone from the committee is looking into this.

We’ve sunk to new lows today.

How low can we go?

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered/Professional Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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