Fahmi Reza gets to fly to Taiwan despite travel ban (VIDEO)

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 — Activist Fahmi Reza said he managed to fly to Taiwan this morning after speaking to the police about being blacklisted by immigration authorities that prohibited him from travelling abroad.

The graphic artist wrote on his Facebook page Saturday that the police had put him on their “wanted” list and on the immigration blacklist on March 31 last year when he was in Thailand, during which Bukit Aman’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department opened investigations under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 over his clown caricature of the prime minister.

“I fought the law, and I won! I’m going to Taiwan! Ending yang tidak dijangka [An unexpected ending],” Fahmi posted on Facebook this morning.

Fahmi said the police inspector who had put him on the “wanted” list was unaware that he was already questioned in February last year by another police officer and by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Read more

Aktivis Fahmi Reza dilarang keluar negara

Sumber: FMT News

Graphic artist Fahmi Reza. — MMO file pic

Graphic artist Fahmi Reza. — MMO file pic

PETALING JAYA: Aktivis Fahmi Reza, yang popular kerana melukis karikatur pemimpin politik, tidak boleh keluar negara selepas namanya disenarai hitam imigresen.

Fahmi, dalam satu kenyataan di Facebook berkata penyenaraian itu diketahui selepas dia membuat pemeriksaan dengan imigresen kerana mahu ke Taiwan minggu depan.

Menurutnya, imigresen memaklumkan dia tidak boleh keluar negara sejak 31 Mac tahun lalu.

“Aku fikir ini mesti sebab lukisan muka badut lah, tak ada kes lain. Aku ‘post’ gambar tu pada 31 Januari 2016, aku kena siasat dan kena bagi keterangan pada polis pada 28 Februari 2016. Memang tak ada kes lain lah,” katanya.

Menurut Fahmi, dia kemudian menghubungi pegawai penyiasat kes itu di Bukit Aman dan dimaklumkan dirinya disenarai hitam.

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Bersih Chief challenges travel ban

Source: FMT News

Maria Chin Abdullah is seeking a declaration that the Immigration Department was in breach of the Federal Constitution by preventing her from flying abroad. Pic taken from FMT News

Maria Chin Abdullah is seeking a declaration that the Immigration Department was in breach of the Federal Constitution by preventing her from flying abroad. Pic taken from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah filed a judicial review on July 28 to challenge a travel ban imposed on her. She is seeking a court order on the government’s decision to blacklist her, preventing her from going abroad.

Chin said in her application that she only knew about the government’s decision when she was scheduled to fly overseas.

She named the Director-General of Immigration and the Home Ministry as respondents in her judicial review application.

Among others, Chin is seeking a declaration that the decision to stop her from going abroad was in breach of the Federal Constitution. The Immigration Department and government had also exceeded their jurisdiction, she added.

“There’s nothing in the Immigration Act or any laws to bar a citizen from flying abroad.”

The decision had breached her fundamental right to travel abroad, stated Chin. Read more

Hak rakyat untuk ke luar negara – Syahredzan Johan

Sumber: Sinar Harian

OLEH SYAHREDZAN JOHAN

Sakib noted that it is a privilege to be able to have a Malaysian passport rather than a right. — AFP pic

Immigration DG Sakib noted that it is a privilege to be able to have a Malaysian passport rather than a right. — AFP pic

DILAPORKAN sesiapa sahaja yang memburukkan kerajaan boleh dihalang daripada meninggalkan negara ini selama tiga tahun. Ini menurut suatu laporan yang memetik Ketua Pengarah Imigresen bahawa terdapatnya peruntukan tersebut, sambil menegaskan bahawa memiliki pasport Malaysia adalah satu keistimewaan dan bukan satu hak.

Kerajaan, katanya, mempunyai budi bicara untuk mengeluar, menangguh atau membatalkan pasport seseorang.

Perkara ini juga disahkan oleh Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, yang dilaporkan telah mengatakan bahawa perkara itu bawah kuasa pengarah Jabatan Imigresen memandangkan kebenaran seseorang untuk ke luar negara merupakan satu keistimewaan dan bukannya hak.

“Kuasa untuk membenarkan orang keluar masuk dalam negara bawah pengarah imigresen dan dia juga yang keluarkan pasport. Ia keistimewaan dan bukan hak.”

Timbalan Menteri tersebut juga dilaporkan berkata bahawa seseorang yang ingin ke luar negara seharusnya memeriksa dengan Jabatan Imigresen terlebih dahulu untuk mengetahui status mereka. Menurutnya, kerajaan tidak punya obligasi untuk memaklumkan kepada seseorang tentang apa-apa halangan ke luar negara dan juga sebab-sebab mereka dihalang. Read more

Undang-undang apa yang diguna untuk sekat ke luar negara, tanya peguam

Sumber: Malaysiakini

Pic taken from The Star Online

Pic taken from The Star Online

Undang-undang khusus yang mana satu yang digunakan oleh kerajaan untuk menghalang rakyat daripada meninggalkan negara ini?

Ini adalah persoalan asas yang masih belum dijawab, kata peguam Syahredzan Johan.

Beliau mengulas kenyataan Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Nur Jazlan Mohamed semalam bahawa halangan perjalanan tidak akan dikenakan ke atas pengkritik kerajaan, tetapi hanya terhadap mereka yang didakwa melanggar Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Dalam satu catatan di Facebook hari ini, Syahredzan ‘penjelasan’ itu masih tidak menjawab persoalan asas – di bawah undang-undang mana yang mereka menghalang rakyat ke luar negara?

Seperti yang dinyatakan oleh ramai pihak, termasuk Presiden Majlis Peguam Steven Thiru, hak untuk ke luar negara adalah hak perlembagaan yang dijamin di bawah Perkara 5 (1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan, katanya.

Ini, katanya, adalah tafsiran undang-undang oleh mahkamah tertinggi dalam kes Lee Kwan Woh lwn PP. Read more

Nur Jazlan: Travel ban for national security

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Sakib noted that it is a privilege to be able to have a Malaysian passport rather than a right. — AFP pic

Nur Jazlan now says travel restrictions can be imposed on grounds of national security. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 — Travel restrictions can be imposed on grounds of national security, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said today after the Malaysian Bar criticised arbitrary overseas travel bans.

Nur Jazlan also denied reports that the ban was aimed at government critics, claiming that it only affected Malaysians who violated the Federal Constitution.

“This policy has been implemented for a long time, not just recently. But the criteria will change from time to time.

“Not for people who criticise the government. Opposition said that. Only for people who commit offence (sic) against the Constitution, for example sedition, religion, race, and threat to national peace and harmony and national security,” he said in a statement.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said yesterday the government’s claimed power to arbitrarily restrict the travels of any Malaysian is a “myth”, noting that travel bans can only be enforced in limited scenarios like bankruptcies and tax defaults.

The Star recently reported the Immigration Department as saying that it enforced a ruling a few months ago to bar those who insult the government from travelling abroad for three years. Read more

Arbitrary travel bans without legal basis, Malaysian Bar tells Putrajaya

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said the government had no general discretionary power to restrict a citizen’s right to travel in and out of Malaysia. — File pic

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said the government had no general discretionary power to restrict a citizen’s right to travel in and out of Malaysia. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — The government’s claimed power to arbitrarily restrict the travels of any Malaysian is a “myth”, said the Malaysian Bar today.

Disputing Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed who asserted such powers, Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said authorities were only empowered to enforce travel bans in limited scenarios such as bankruptcies and tax defaults.

“There is no general discretionary power to restrict a citizen’s right to travel in and out of Malaysia. Unrestrained discretion in the hands of the government is a myth,” he said in a statement today.

The head of the peninsular professional legal body said the Immigration Act 1959/63 does not contain an expressed provision to bar travel.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah was prohibited last Sunday from flying to South Korea to accept a human rights award on behalf of the electoral reform group. Read more

Travel ban step in wrong direction, says IDEAS

Source: The Edge Markets

Pic taken from The Star Online

Pic taken from The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR (May 18): The move to enforce travel bans on those who criticise the Malaysian government is a step in the wrong direction, according to Institute for Democracy and Economic Affair’s (IDEAS).

In a statement today commenting on a report quoting the Immigration Director-General who confirmed the existence of such provisions and stated passports were a privilege and not a right, IDEAS chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan said such arbitrary travel bans should not be happening in a country like Malaysia, especially if the Government claims to be progressive and democratic.

He said the freedom of movement which includes the right to travel, is a universal human right.

“The United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 which the Malaysian government has claimed to adopt and uphold, specifies that everyone has the right to leave the country and to return.

“This rule is also against fundamental democratic principles which require that the people of a country be able to express not only support for the government, but also to criticize its policies and actions without fear of recrimination or reprisals,” said Wan Saiful.

He stressed that the government should bear this in mind, particularly since it is making a bid for another term on the UN Human Rights Council.     Read more

No legal provision for arbitrary travel bans, lawyers say

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Pic taken from The Star Online

Pic taken from The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 ― The law does not expressly allow the government to restrict Malaysians’ travel without reason, legal experts contended after a deputy minister said Putrajaya was not obliged to justify such bans.

Conceding to Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed who said no law compelled authorities to explain these restrictions, they countered by highlighting that legislation was also silent on powers to arbitrarily bar Malaysians from leaving the country.

“There’s no specific powers in the Immigration Act which says they can bar anyone from going without reason. It is incumbent upon you (the government) to justify why,” the Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) executive director Eric Paulsen told Malay Mail Onlinewhen contacted.

Paulsen said vague laws did not mean Malaysians lacked rights or their rights were not violated, arguing that travel bans without reason or even a valid reason could be an unconstitutional restriction of their liberties.

He said travel restrictions prompted by bankruptcy or the planned commission of terrorism may possibly be justified.

“But no one is so arrogant to say ‘ We are not going to give any reasons”. That cannot be the position in law because you must at least tell me why I’m being barred from going overseas,” he said, stressing the need for natural justice where Malaysians are allowed to answer allegations against them.

Paulsen cautioned, however, that Malaysians who attempt to challenge the constitutionality of travel bans imposed on them would face an uphill challenge, noting that judges appear to be reluctant to interfere in the daily running and decision-making process of the Executive. Read more

Your KiniGuide to overseas travel, and how one gets blacklisted

Source: Malaysiakini

Last Sunday, Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah was barred from leaving Malaysia.

She joins a list of more than 800,000 people who have been prevented from travelling overseas since 2011. However, unlike many of them, Maria was not why she was not allowed to leave the country.

In this installment of KiniGuide, we explore your right to overseas travel, and where the government can or cannot restrict those rights.

Wait. Overseas travel is a right?

Lawyer Syahredzan Johan ― MMO File pic

Lawyer Syahredzan Johan ― MMO File pic

Yes. According to lawyer Syahredzan Johan, this comes under Article 5(1) of the Federal Constitution, read together with Article 9 that provides for the freedom of movement.

Article 5(1) states: “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty save in accordance with law.”

Syahredzan (photo) said the courts have interpreted ‘personal liberty’ to include overseas travel.

This does not amount to a blank cheque to go on that dream holiday, though. What it does mean is that if the government wants to restrict your ability to travel overseas, it would have to do so by passing laws to that effect.

However, the Immigration director-general Sakib Kusmi seems to have taken a different view on the matter. Read more