Latest entry ban 'just one of many'

Local | Sophie Hui 7 Jan 2019

The Immigration Department rejects every year tens of thousands of people from entering Hong Kong, Director of Immigration Erick Tsang Kwok-wai said.

While the number may seem high, people should not to come up with conspiracy theories about the issue, he said.

Tsang's comment came after the department declined to issue a work visa to Freddy Lim Tshiong-tso, lead singer of Taiwanese heavy metal band Chthonic.

Lim is also a lawmaker in Taiwan and founder of the New Power Party, which has close ties with a Taiwanese independence movement.

Last month, Hong Kong singer Denise Ho Wan-sze said the band could not perform at her music concert as band members didn't have work visas.

In October, the Financial Times' Asia news editor, Victor Mallet, who was also vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club, found his application for a renewal of his work visa in Hong Kong rejected.

"Some [of those people whose entry was barred] did not conform to immigration regulations, or they [might have been] not beneficial to Hong Kong. Some were parallel traders, or pregnant women from the mainland who did not make bookings. So don't imagine conspiracy theories that there have been some problems," Tsang said.

On Huawei chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou who reportedly holds three Hong Kong passports, Tsang said it was not rare for someone to have more than one SAR passport.

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