Singapore bans HK restaurant owner Alex Yeung for organizing event on protests

Local | 21 Nov 2019 12:25 pm

Hong Kong restaurant owner Alex Yeung has been repatriated and banned from Singapore after he organized a public assembly without a permit, state broadcaster Channel News Asia reports.  

The founder of the Wah Kee chain of restaurants, will not be allowed to enter Singapore again without obtaining permission from the authorities, the police said yesterday.

Yeung, is said to have organized a gathering on October 11, "for interested persons to share their views on the current protests in Hong Kong.'' 

Singapore police said that the event was initially held at the Kimoto Gastro Bar located at The Sail @ Marina Bay, but was shifted to a "public area in the vicinity of The Promontory.'' 
The police said that on November 7 that Yeung's passport had been impounded while he was assisting with its investigation. 

Yesterday, the police said it has issued a "stern warning" to Yeung for organizing a public assembly without the requisite police permit, an offense under the Public Order Act.

A similar warning was issued to a 55-year-old naturalized Singaporean for facilitating the public assembly. 

"I have never thought of breaking any laws in Singapore … I have never been in politics," Yeung said.

Yeung has drawn the ire of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong for his pro-China views.

The police said “there have been calls" for Singapore to release Yeung and take no further action against him. 

"Singapore has always been clear that foreigners should not advocate their political causes in Singapore, through public assemblies, and other prohibited means," SPF said. 

"The police investigated Yeung’s case in accordance with our usual processes and in accordance with our laws.”-Photo: CNA


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