PUTRAJAYA: No Malaysian citizen was detained at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in the United States following the travel ban by the United States, said the Foreign Ministry.
Referring to articles which included a report that one Malaysian was among 71 detainees at New York's JFK following the travel ban, the ministry in a statement today said that it had confirmed with the Consulate General in New York that no Malaysian was detained at the airport.
The ministry also said it had clarified with the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur that the travel ban did not include Malaysia and its citizens.
"Malaysians who have valid travel documents and necessary visas are allowed to enter the United States," it said.
Yesterday, the US Embassy had reiterated that Malaysians are not affected by President Donald Trump's travel blacklist.
A local online portal quoted a tweet from US-based Mic.com reporter Jack Smith IV as saying that one Malaysian was among 71 detainees at New York's JFK International Airport.
President Trump on Jan 27, signed an Executive Order titled 'Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States', which effectively suspended refugee entry for 120 days and Syrian refugees indefinitely.
The Executive Order also barred the issuing of visas for 90 days for citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries, citing concerns about terrorism.
Those countries are Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.--BERNAMA