Australian senator Nick Xenophon, who was deported from Malaysia yesterday, says he believes he is the first Australian MP to be deported from any country.

Malaysia boleh? The best democracy in the world?

The deportation, after subjecting Xenophon to 16 hours of detention, has created an international incident. It is another major public relations fiasco for the Najib administration – hot on the heels of the Psy gaffes.

Xenophon says he may challenge the deportation in the Malaysian courts. Meanwhile he intends to frame up the deportation notice:



Aliran has issued a statement saying it is appalled by the deportation. Xenophon joins an illustrious club of individuals whom the Malaysian government appears uncomfortable with e.g. Thai forensic pathologist Pornthip and French lawyer William Bourdon. (No deportation worries for the other Nick from Australia: Nick Curtis, CEO of Lynas Corp.)

Meanwhile, read about the latest reaction in Australia to Xenophon’s deportation. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said she is disappointed with the treatment of Senator Xenophon.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr said: “We think it is sad for a friendly country to deport an Australian member of Parliament, who was up there for peaceful purposes.”

It is amazing – but not surprising – that the Malaysian authorities appear so worried about foreign scrutiny of the electoral process.

Does this mean the PM and his wife won’t be re-visiting Australia anytime soon for the New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Sydney harbour?

Meanwhile, the Philippines government is still seeking the extradition of scam suspect Amalilio from Malaysia. And 100 armed Filipinos remain in Lahad Datu, staking a claim on Sabah, which they say belongs to the Sulu sultanate.