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Malaysia refuses entry to teen leader of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

  • Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong holding his flight boarding pass from Penang to Hong Kong talks on his mobile phone after arriving the Hong Kong airport Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The Hong Kong teen protest leader, who rose to prominence during last year's pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city, talks to media after he was prevented from entering Malaysia. Wong said he was heading to Penang to speak at a conference but immigration officials at the airport stopped him from entering the country, citing a "government order" and sent him back to Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong holding his flight boarding pass from Penang to Hong Kong talks on his mobile phone after arriving the Hong Kong airport Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The Hong Kong teen protest leader, who rose to prominence during last year's pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city, talks to media after he was prevented from entering Malaysia. Wong said he was heading to Penang to speak at a conference but immigration officials at the airport stopped him from entering the country, citing a "government order" and sent him back to Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong arrives at the Hong Kong airport Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The teen protest leader, who rose to prominence during last year's pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city, talked to media after he was prevented from entering Malaysia. Wong said he was heading to Penang to speak at a conference but immigration officials at the airport stopped him from entering the country, citing a "government order" and sent him back to Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong arrives at the Hong Kong airport Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The teen protest leader, who rose to prominence during last year's pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city, talked to media after he was prevented from entering Malaysia. Wong said he was heading to Penang to speak at a conference but immigration officials at the airport stopped him from entering the country, citing a "government order" and sent him back to Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong speaks to the media after arriving the Hong Kong airport Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The teen protest leader, who rose to prominence during last year's pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city, talked to media after he was prevented from entering Malaysia. Wong said he was heading to Penang to speak at a conference but immigration officials at the airport stopped him from entering the country, citing a "government order" and sent him back to Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong speaks to the media after arriving the Hong Kong airport Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The teen protest leader, who rose to prominence during last year's pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city, talked to media after he was prevented from entering Malaysia. Wong said he was heading to Penang to speak at a conference but immigration officials at the airport stopped him from entering the country, citing a "government order" and sent him back to Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysia says the teenage leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests has been blacklisted and refused entry into the country.

Joshua Wong said he flew to Malaysia's northern Penang state on Tuesday morning but was stopped at the airport.

Immigration Director-General Mustafa Ibrahim said in a statement that the immigration officer stopped Wong because he was on a list of people banned from entering Malaysia. He did not say why Wong was on the blacklist.

The 18-year-old was scheduled to speak at seminars in four Malaysian cities.

He wrote on the Facebook page for his student activist group, Scholarism, that when he tried to call the local organizers after he was denied entry, immigration officials grabbed him by the arms.

He was then put on a Dragonair flight to Hong Kong.