Macau (MNA) – Hong Kong legislators have voted against a proposal to summon immigration officials to the Legislative Council to explain the reasons leading to the non-renewal of the working permit of Financial Times editor, Victor Mallet, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Friday.
According to the Hong Kong media outlet, which framed the affair as an ‘expulsion’ case, the legislature rejected the proposal by 36 votes against 24, shooting down a motion that would have forced the Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu and the head of the Immigration Department to explain the decision issued on October.
Lee reiterated on Thursday that the government of the former British colony does not comment on individual cases.
“We welcome talent from all over the world to come and work in Hong Kong… But at the same time they have an obligation to comply with Hong Kong laws,” the minister was quoted as saying by SCMP.
The renewal of the British journalist’s visa was denied some two months after he hosted a talk at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong by invitation of independence advocate Andy Chan Hotin – Chan’s Hong Kong National Party was later banned.
Macau News Agency (MNA) has contacted Mr. Mallet but could not get any comments from him by the time of writing.