Tony Pua’s travel ban challenge fizzles out

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Tony Pua-Pic drawn from FMT News

PUTRAJAYA: Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua’s challenge against the decision of the Immigration Department director-general to impose a travel ban has come to an end.

This follows today’s Federal Court ruling that dismissed his application for leave to appeal.

“The law is settled in Loh Wai Kong’s case, as decided by (the then Lord President) Mohamed Suffian Mohamed Hashim,” said Chief Justice Raus Sharif, who chaired a three-man panel.

Loh had sought a ruling that Malaysian citizens are entitled to travel overseas as a fundamental right under Article 5 of the Federal Constitution.

However, the Federal Court bench, led by Suffian, held in 1979 that the right to personal liberty under Article 5 was only to challenge the authorities for any unlawful detention. Read more

Court to decide next month Zunar’s bid to lift travel ban

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The cartoonist is seeking to lift a travel ban imposed by the Immigration Department last year. Pic from FMT News.

The cartoonist is seeking to lift a travel ban imposed by the Immigration Department last year. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Cartoonist Zunar will know on April 14 if he is able to initiate a legal challenge against an Immigration Department ban prohibiting him from travelling abroad.

High Court judge Justice Mohd Zaki Abd Wahab fixed the date after hearing arguments in chambers from Zunar’s lawyer, N Surendran, and senior federal counsel Mohamad Rizal Fadzil who represented the Immigration Department, home minister and government.

Speaking to reporters outside the court, Surendran said Zunar, whose real name is Zulkifli SM Anwarul Haque, should be granted leave to question the validity of the travel ban.

“We told him (Justice Zaki) that the ban can be reviewed in court and the director-general has no absolute power to make the decision to bar,” he said. Read more