The move to detain Australian senator Nick Xenophon at the Sepang Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) today, and later deport him, is in accordance with the law and is nothing more than an immigration issue.
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said such an action is common practice here, and stressed there is “nothing special” or political about Xenophon’s case.
“This is an immigration issue, and is a common thing, Malaysians too go through the same and are not allowed in (to the country),” he was reported saying in Malay daily Sinar Harian today.
“There is no political element behind the detention. I believe the detention is in accordance with the law.”
He further rubbished claim that the Australian lawmaker was detained was because he is considered an “enemy of the state”, saying there is no need to twist the situation.
“We act according to the law. The Immigration (Department) will settle this,” he told the Malay daily.