No Malaysian was detained at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York, Wisma Putra has clarified.
This has been confirmed with the Consulate General in New York, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement today.
The statement was in reference to a news report published yesterday, in which it cited a tweet posted by a journalist in the United States that a Malaysian was among 71 detained from 20 countries.
The news report has since been removed.
This comes following US President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, banning citizens from seven countries (Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia) from entering the US for the next 90 days.
However yesterday, Jack Smith, a reporter with .Mic newsportal from the US said citizens from 20 countries, including the seven, were detained at the airport, citing updates from lawyers at JFK.
Malaysia was one of the 20 countries Smith listed in his tweet, however he clarified that those detained from countries other than the seven were not countries where people were being banned from.
“The Ministry has clarified with the Embassy of the United States of America in Kuala Lumpur that the travel ban does not include Malaysia and her citizens,” Wisma Putra clarified.
The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday also said the same thing, that Malaysia was not on the list of countries affected by the Executive Order.
“Malaysians can continue to travel to the US with a valid visa,” an Embassy spokesperson said.