Friday, May 31, 2013

PKR: Immigration has no legal right to revoke passports of critical Malaysians

BY IDA LIM
MAY 31, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 — The Immigration Department has no legal or administrative right to revoke the passports of citizens who criticise Malaysia’s government, opposition party PKR said today.
PKR was responding to the reported remark by the department’s director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad that those engaged in anti-government activities overseas could find their passports revoked, condemning it as an “utterly misguided statement” that would infringe a Malaysian’s “most fundamental rights as a citizen”.
“The Immigration Department has no business to comment on what Malaysians do overseas and use the government’s administrative power to curtail the rights of citizens,” PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said in a statement today.
“Criticism of the government does not equate to criticism of the country. More than at any time in history, Malaysians across the world are expressing their desire for democratic reforms and free and fair elections. That should be celebrated, not shunned.”
He then went on to say that there was a difference between criticising the government and the country.
Nik Nazmi (picture) also pulled the home minister into the picture, pointing out that the Immigration Department is under the ministry’s jurisdiction.
“It must be noted that the Immigration Department is under the purview Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi who has been cracking down on dissent since he took office this month. Thus this latest statement by Alias shows a disturbing pattern that can be seen under Zahid’s regime that totally contradicts the notion of a national reconciliation advanced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak,” he said, appearing to echo Global Bersih’s statement yesterday.
Yesterday, polls reform group Global Bersih slammed the Immigration director-general for his reported remark, accusing him of threatening national unity besides being ignorant of the law.
The election reform movement comprising Malaysians abroad wants the authorities to act on the Immigration’s top official, whose alleged remark it said goes against the country’s immigration law and makes a mockery of Najib’s call for national reconciliation in the wake of the divisive May 5 polls.
“Global Bersih demands that the D-G immediately withdraws his recent statement that Immigration will revoke the passports of Malaysians abroad who undertake anti-government activities.
“Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, under whose direct control Immigration operates, must immediately and publicly chasten his director-general for intimidation, incompetence and ignorance of his own administrative reach,” it said in a statement.
The group also told Malaysians abroad to “ignore such threats and keep in mind that it is their constitutional right to freely express their opinion on all matters, including the divisive state of politics and recently concluded poll.”
Alias was reported to have said the Immigration Department was tracking Malaysians abroad including students who attempted to topple the government and bring down the country’s image and warned that they faced stern action under section 8 of the Immigration Act 1959/1963.
“Malaysians who break the law and shame the country can be blacklisted, their passport can be cancelled between three and five years,” he was quoted as telling Malay daily Berita Harian in its report dated May 27.
However, Alias had refuted he had made such a remark on his Twitter account, @KP_Immigration, on the same day.
“Its totaly [sic] wrong reporting by BH reporter..sorry,” he said, in response to a tweet post, citing several lawyers as saying the Immigration director-general had no powers to revoke any Malaysian’s passport.
~ The Malaysian Insider

1 comment:

mryap said...

YIP KUM FOOK (MCA GOMBAK CHAIRMAN) MAKES BUDDHIST & MCA SHAMEFUL! one of crushing shame and exploitation for Buddhist World.


敬爱的马来亚佛总理事先生Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia佛寺理事先生以及佛教信徒.

自从Yip Kum Fook (MCA Gombak Chairman)当任主席, 有预谋的迫走本地和尚(吉兰丹), 而遠聘缅甸和尚, 当任主持之后Samnak Sambodhi Thai Buddhist Temple No: 19 Jalan 38 Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia(暹廟)就一直发生种种的是是非非, 以引起方民間議論纷纷.

其因是Yip Kum Fook (MCA Gombak Chairman)所领导的理事会, 勾结外耒的缅甸和尚, 以啇業経营, 不依佛法的精神办事, 只借宗教之名捞取权和私利所引起………. 最近又自行一套商业手法, 规定任和人, 若想出家当和尚修道者, 必先供给RM400大元, 否则免谈. 這种啇業手法, 已引起广大的信徒愤怒而不满.

Samnak Sambodhi Thai Buddhist Temple (暹廟)是佛总之联会, 而身佛堂之主席Yip Kum Fook (MCA Gombak Chairman)不以佛陀的教誨, 修心養性, 却反其道而行, 接着权势, 无悪不做, 三妻四妾, 骗财骗色, 破坏別人的家庭.....现在他的排聞满天飞, 不但给佛寺帶耒不好的名声, 也間接的耻辱佛教信仰者.

所从我们祈望马来亚佛总与Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia理事同仁, 给以关注, 共創義举, 维护佛法

此致, 并
祝安康, 工作愉快.