Harrisson Ngau Laing

Human rights activitistHarrison Ngau was reported to be held by the authorities at the Kuching International Airport on Monday.

Free Malaysia Today said he was released “after the authorities telling him he was under the government’s watch list.”

He was said ‘about to board a plane leaving to Kuala Lumpur when being detained. Ngau said the authorities have been following his every movement for some time.

In October 1987, Ngau was put under house arrest for almost two years and spent 60 days in jail under the Internal Security Act. Part of this time he was placed in solitary confinement and interrogated twice daily.

After being released, Ngau was forbidden to make press statements, hold a post in any organization, or attend any political or worker gatherings.

Ngau was also a recipient of The Goldman Environmental Prize.