Court dismisses Maria Chin’s travel ban appeal

Source: FreeMalaysiaToday

Maria Chin Abdullah failed in her bid to challenge the Immigration director-general’s decision to bar her from travelling abroad after her judicial review application was dismissed. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has dismissed former Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah’s appeal after she was stopped from leaving Malaysia in 2016.

A three-member bench chaired by Justice Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid said the matter was academic and the court would not want to act in vain.

“We are of the view the appeal has become academic and there is no travesty of justice,” she said.

Maria, who was recently elected Petaling Jaya MP, can now travel abroad as the ban has been lifted.

On May 18 last year, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur ruled that an amendment to the Immigration Act did not allow the courts to hear complaints from citizens who are banned from travelling overseas. Read more

Call to repeal OSA is loud

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Civil societies want the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) repealed to encourage transparency in the new government.

This, says the Governance, Inte­grity, Accountability and Transpa­rency (GIAT), a coalition of seven civil society organisations, should be part of the institutional reform that should be carried out by the Government to ensure transparency in the country.

GIAT also wants the Government to table a Freedom of Information Bill as soon as possible, to show its commitment to transparency in line with the spirit of the “New Malaysia”. Read more