Syrian stranded in KLIA2 arrested

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Hassan al Kontar, a Syrian has been stranded in KLIA2 for almost seven months
Hassan al Kontar, a Syrian has been stranded in KLIA2 for almost seven months

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

PUTRAJAYA – “We do not care about his excuses. When a person has a flight ticket and is at the departure hall, he needs to board the plane.

“If he fails to do so, he is at a prohibited zone and the authorities need to take the appropriate action,” said the Director-General of Immigration, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali on the Syrian who was stranded at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) since 7 March 2018.

He also confirmed that the Syrian, Hassan al-Kontar has been arrested by the police yesterday.

Earlier, a viral Facebook post about the 36-year-old Hassan was likened to the character played by Tom Hanks in The Terminal, Viktor Navorski, where Navorski became persona non grata at the John F. Kennedy Airport after he was denied entry into the United States and at the same time cannot return to his native country because of a military coup.

According to Mustafar, Hassan had tarnished the image of Malaysia by publishing various Facebook posts on his stories of being stranded in KLIA2 which had attracted various public reactions, including those from the human rights group.

Although he used the excuse of refusing to be forced into becoming a military in his country, Mustafar said that stern actions need to be taken against him by the government of Malaysia.

“He would be referred back to the Immigration Department after the police have done their investigations.

“We would then contact the Syrian Embassy to facilitate the process of deportation.

“He said that he doesn’t want to return to Syria as he was afraid of becoming a soldier or whatever his real reason is, we will end this case,” he said.

Earlier, Hassan posted in his social media that, “I’m afraid to be sent to Syria, not because I’m scared, not because I do not know how to fight, but because I do not believe in war.

“I do not want to be a killing machine, destroying my own home and hurting my people.”

He had depended on the airport staff and airlines for food and other supplies. -MalaysiaGazette

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