Date
22 September 2017
Hong Kong people with same name as Albert Chan (left), Albert Ho (top right) and Kenneth Chan (bottom right) were refused entry to Macau during President Xi Jinping's visit on Friday. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong people with same name as Albert Chan (left), Albert Ho (top right) and Kenneth Chan (bottom right) were refused entry to Macau during President Xi Jinping's visit on Friday. Photo: HKEJ

Toddler denied Macau entry during Xi visit

If your name appears on a blacklist, you can’t enter Macau, never mind if you’re only one year old.

So imagine the frustration of the toddler’s parents when they were prevented from entering Macau because their child has the same name as Albert Ho, a Hong Kong politician barred from the enclave.

The trip might have been possible any day except last Friday.  

On that day, the blacklist was in effect for the visit of President Xi Jinping to mark the 15th anniversary of Macau’s handover to China, Apple Daily reported Monday.

It was part of stringent measures, which included a ban on protests and umbrellas, to ensure an incident-free celebration

The boy’s father had taken leave from work to bring the family to Macau where they planned to spend Christmas.

He and his wife said Macau authorities could not mistake the baby from his political namesake.

And the authorities should have seen that the baby was no threat to anyone, they were quoted as saying.

In a statement, Macau authorities, who described entry formalities on Friday as chaotic, said they were not aware of the incident until after the family had returned to Hong Kong.

An 80-year-old man and a boy experienced a similar treatment, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Chan Wai-yip happens to have the same name as People Power lawmaker Albert Chan. The boy, Chan Ka-lok, shares the same name with Civic Party legislator Kenneth Chan. 

Macau authorities said they are taking the incidents seriously and promised to be more careful to avoid a repeat.

Meanwhile, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said Hong Kong has no blacklist of so-called “undesirables” and denied the government gave any such list to the Macau.

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