KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 29, 2017: The High Court today dismissed an application for a judicial review filed by cartoonist Zunar to challenge the Immigration Department’s decision barring him from travelling overseas since October last year.
Judge Datin Azizah Nawawi made the decision after finding that the court was bound by a Court of Appeal’s decision in a similar case involving Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua Kim Wee.
On July 5, Pua lost his appeal after the Court of Appeal ruled that the Immigration director-general was authorised to restrict Malaysian citizens from travelling abroad without having to give any reason. Subsequently Pua failed to obtain leave to appeal to the Federal Court.
The court also rejected Zunar’s application to refer constitutional issues to the Federal Court on the grounds that the application had no merit.
On April 14, the court granted leave to Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque, to commence judicial review proceedings to challenge the ban.
Zunar filed the application seeking a certiorari order to quash the travel restriction against him which was conveyed to him orally on October 17, 2016.
He also sought a declaration order that the ban against him had violated the federal Constitution and thus it was null, void and unconstitutional, apart from a mandamus order from the court to instruct the respondents to allow him to travel overseas without restrictions.
The cartoonist claimed that he was at the KL International Airport, leaving for Singapore to attend a forum when he was stopped by Immigration. — Bernama