Now, the Malaysian government, in my opinion, arbitrarily denied a Malaysian the right to travel overseas... so, what do we do about this? Nothing - well, then the next time it may be you......immigration authorities have also inexplicably refused to provide her with any written document and, in fact, any reason whatsoever for her travel ban, merely saying that it was on the “instructions of Putrajaya”...
There is, of course, a wider implication to Malaysia - how will it affect the foreign investors - well, if Malaysia can simply bar Maria from traveling abroad, what guarantee that the travel rights of others may also non be affected similarly in the future?
The law must provide certainty and most importantly basic human rights should NEVER be arbitrarily denied
We recollect the barring of access to Malaysian Insider - in that case, I am of the opinion that the Malaysian government had no legal authority to that... but alas, those actions of the government were never challenged in court...
Press Release |
Summary and Arbitrary Restriction of the Right to Travel is an Abuse of Authority
Maria Chin may challenge travel ban in court
PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah is considering challenging her overseas travel ban in court, she said in an interview with the Southeast Asia Globe magazine.
“I’ve begun preliminary discussions with our lawyers,” the civil rights activist said in the interview published today.
In the interview, Chin said the government’s move to bar her from travelling overseas was “politically motivated” and an infringement on her personal liberty and freedom of movement.
Chin was recently stopped from flying to South Korea to accept a human rights award on behalf of Bersih 2.0.- FMT News, 23/5/2016
Maria Chin mulls legal action over travel ban
KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Bersih 2.0 head Maria Chin Abdullah said she is considering challenging in court the government prohibition against her from travelling abroad.