Lawyer: Home Ministry may decide to lift ban on Zunar book

Source: The Malay Mail

Ed. The Home Affairs Ministry is contemplating whether to withdraw the ban issued on Zunar’s Sapuman: Man of Steal. This was revealed by the senior federal counsel defending the Ministry and the Malaysian government in a judicial review of the ban filed by Zunar at the High Court.

Cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque had pledged to continue drawing despite the government banning some of his books, saying it was impossible for the authorities to ban his ideas. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 — The Attorney General’s Chambers is awaiting further instructions from the Home Ministry (KDN) on whether to withdraw the ban issued on a book by cartoonist Zunar entitled Sapuman: Man of Steal.

Counsel N. Surendran who is representing Zunar whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque said the information was revealed by senior federal counsel Muzila Mohd Arshad who appeared on behalf of the Home Ministry and Malaysian government as respondents during case management in the chambers of High Court Judge Datuk Azizah Nawawi today. Read more

Return my artworks, Zunar tells cops

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Cartoonist Zunar (left) and his lawyer Cecil Rajendra at the press conference today. Pic from FMT News.

GEORGE TOWN: Cartoonist Zunar has issued a notice of demand to the police over the seizure of his caricatures at an exhibition in Komtar here in November 2016.

Lawyer Cecil Rajendra issued the notice of demand, dated March 26, on behalf of Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwarul Haque, to the senior investigating officer of the Northeast district police’s Criminal Investigation Department.

Rajendra said Zunar had an exhibition of his work at the George Town Literary Festival 2016 on Nov 26, 2016, when police, without just cause or reason, raided his exhibition at the ICT mall in Komtar, Penang.

“They unlawfully seized 10 panels of his 20 valuable art works. Our client also informs us that he was forcibly detained in conjunction with the said raid.

“As a result of the police action, our client was deprived of his right to livelihood and his reputation severely tarnished,” he said in a press conference today. Also present with him was Zunar.

He said it had been over 14 months since the seizure and detention, and police have offered no explanation or justification for their high-handed action. Read more

Court to hear application over constitutionality of Sedition Act on March 19

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: A Sessions Court here has fixed March 19 to hear an application by Padang Serai MP N. Surendran, lawyer Eric Paulsen and cartoonist Zunar to refer constitutional questions to the court about the Sedition Act 1948.

Judge Zaman Mohd Noor fixed the date when the case was mentioned before him on Wednesday (Dec 10).

Lawyer Latheefa Koya, who acted for the applicants, said they made the application under Section 30 of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964.

Latheefa said since the Federal Court had not resolved the question of “intention” by ruling that it must be proven under the Sedition Act, they could in fact proceed with the issue.

In their decision, a five-member Federal Court bench quashed the 2016 landmark decision, ruling that intention must be proven in every sedition case.

The latest decision means that the law has reverted to its previous position, and it only needs to be proven that the accused had made the seditious statement, without the need to prove the intention.

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When will I be able to travel again, asks Zunar

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Political cartoonist Zunar wants to know when the travel ban imposed on him will be lifted, saying he is still in the dark over why it was enforced to begin with.

He said the ban established by the Immigration Department had affected his source of income as he was paid to speak at events outside Malaysia.

“Most of my work is overseas. I cannot conduct my exhibitions here because I would be arrested, and cannot sell my books as they are banned,” he said when making a complaint at the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) here.

Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwar Haque, said he wanted Suhakam to intervene in the matter.

He said the government had infringed his rights as he was not informed why he was barred from travelling. Read more

UN wants govt to drop sedition charges against Zunar

Source: FMT News

The United Nations (UN) wants Putrajaya to drop all sedition charges against Zunar and to lift the travel ban imposed on the political cartoonist last year. Image taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The United Nations (UN) wants the Malaysian government to drop all sedition charges against political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque and lift the travel ban which was imposed on him last June.

UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune, who was in Malaysia at Putrajaya’s invitation from Sept 11 to 21, expressed “deep concern” about the charges against Zulkiflee, better known as Zunar.

A report on her preliminary observations following her visit said Bennoune and other UN human rights experts would be following developments closely when Zunar’s trial resumes next week. Read more

Zunar sues police, govt over wrongful arrest, seized books

Source: FMT News

Cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque, or Zunar, claims his arrest last December was unlawful and his books, t-shirts were seized without any merit.

Zunar (from left) and his supporters, lawyer Melissa Sasidaran (second right) at the KL High Court. Pic taken from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque or Zunar, today sued the police and the government claiming his arrest at a fundraising event here last year was unlawful.

In his suit, Zunar said that his books and t-shirts were also seized without any basis at the same event held at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) on Dec 17, 2016.

According to Zunar, he was not informed of the reason why he was arrested by the police during his “Tea With Zunar” event.

“The police from Dang Wangi police station arrested me unlawfully and denied me my personal freedom,” he said in his statement of claim, filed today at the High Court registry here. Read more

Why fear cartoonists if you have done no wrong, asks Zunar

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Cartoonist Zunar was forced to cancel his first street exhibition entitled ‘Ketawa Pink Pink’ in Penang after threats from a group of troublemakers. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 31, 2017.

IF as Putrajaya claims that the US Department of Justice suits related to 1MDB are politically motivated, then it should not be so zealous in its pursuit of critics here, said cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque.

On Saturday, the cartoonist better known as Zunar was forced to cancel his first street exhibition entitled “Ketawa Pink Pink” that was to open at Lebuh Pantai, Penang, the next day because of “threats from a group of troublemakers”.

The exhibition was to feature his drawings of a well-known woman with pink diamond jewellery.

In the latest DoJ suit filed last month, it noted that nearly US$30 million (RM129 million) were allegedly stolen from 1Malaysia Development Bhd to buy jewellery, including a 22-carat rare pink diamond set in a necklace worth a US$27.3 million for the wife of “Malaysian Official No. 1” (MO1) in 2013. Read more

High Court decision on Zunar’s bid to lift travel ban

Source: FMT News

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.

He added that the Immigration Department had objected to the leave, saying the Immigration Act 1959/63 excluded any legal challenge in court over the director-general’s decision.

Zunar had filed a judicial review seeking to quash the travel ban in December last year.

The activist also sought several court declarations that the ban violates his constitutional rights, and that the respondents have no power to restrict him from travelling abroad.

He was barred from going to a forum in Singapore on Oct 17.

He also faces nine sedition charges for allegedly insulting the judiciary over former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s second sodomy conviction.

In a similar bid, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua had challenged the Immigration Department in 2015 over the move to stop him from flying to Indonesia.

In July last year the High Court dismissed Pua’s judicial review, saying the director-general had the power to restrict a person from travelling abroad under the Immigration Act.

The immigration department however lifted the travel ban in October.

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

Source: FMT News

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

Zunar travel ban: Judge recuses herself

Source: FMT News

Zunar was stopped at KLIA from leaving Malaysia on 17 Oct. Pic taken from Zunar's Twitter.

Zunar was stopped at KLIA from leaving Malaysia on 17 Oct. Pic taken from Zunar’s Twitter.

KUALA LUMPUR: A High Court judge today recused herself from hearing the application for leave by cartoonist Zunar to challenge the Immigration Department that has banned him from going abroad.

Judge Hanipah Farikullah decided this in chambers after allowing an application by Zunar’s counsel Latheefa Koya to recuse her.

Latheefa told reporters that she filed an application to recuse the judge on the grounds that she had previously rejected the applications of activist Hishamuddin Md Rais and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua Kiam Wee involving the same issue.

Senior federal counsel Mohamad Rizal Fadzil, representing the immigration director-general, home minister and Malaysian government as respondents, said the application would be heard before a new judge.

On Dec 7, 2016, Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque, 55, sought a certiorari order to quash the travel restriction by the respondents which was conveyed to him orally on Oct 17, 2016. Read more