Malaysians living in New Zealand have been purportedly warned of being slapped with a travel ban if they participated in the Bersih 5 rally slated to be held in Auckland on Nov 19.
According to New Zealand Herald (NZ Herald), a three-year ban could be imposed upon their return to Malaysia if they discredited or ridiculed the Malaysian government.
However, Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed denied this.
“It is wrong,” he told Free Malaysia Today when asked to comment on the NZ Herald report.
The NZ Herald report quoted the rally organiser Lydia Chai as claiming that Putrajaya was attempting to bully Malaysians in New Zealand into keeping silent.
“But many Malaysians are now sick of the threats and are realising that keeping quiet is not going to change anything.
“I decided quite recently that I can’t be afraid anymore.
“It is my right to speak and if I see my government doing something wrong, then I’m going to stand up for what is right.
“I will not be bullied and I’m not afraid of their threats,” added Chai, who is also Global Bersih treasurer.
Chai estimated a turnout of 1,000 at the Auckland rally, which would be held simultaneously with rallies in Kuala Lumpur and other cities around the world.
Meanwhile, Auckland Malaysian Society president Francis Chai said he would not attend the protest.
Declining to comment further, he said the society’s rules prevented him from making any comments.
Malaysiakini has contacted Global Bersih for more information.