Pensioner fears deportation from UK for ‘not being gay enough’

A 67-year-old man fears he may be deported to Malaysia, where homosexuality is illegal, for “not being gay enough”.

Yew Fook Sam, who lives in Kirkby in Merseyside, attempted to claim asylum in the UK after being arrested for working illegally in 2016.

Immigration officials have rejected his claims to remain, despite the risk of persecution in his home country.

A judge sitting at an Immigration and Asylum Chamber said: “Taking all of the evidence in the round, I do find the appellant is not a homosexual as he claims.”

The verdict was repeated by a judge of the Upper Tribunal who refused his appeal. They said the original judge “provided detailed and cogent reasons for finding that the appellant’s account of his sexuality was not a genuine and credible one, identifying numerous inconsistencies and discrepancies in his account…”

Sam, who came to the UK in 2005 on a visit visa, says he was married in Malaysia and had two children, but has said he was living a lie. He says his wife left him after finding out he was gay.

Yew Fook Sam fears persecution in his home country (Facebook/YewFookSam)

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: “I was so disappointed and depressed, after being told that I was not gay. How can I prove it?

“I tried to tell the Home Office ‘I am 67. I don’t need sex’.”

Sam added he was part of several gay associations and had attended Pride celebrations, which he says would lead to him being targeted in Malaysia.

“I want to be able to die openly as a gay man, not go back to Malaysia and keep it a secret.”

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