By Annabelle Lee
The High Court in Kuala Lumpur will deliver on April 14 its decision on political cartoonist Zunar’s move to challenge the travel ban imposed on him.
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Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque, was last October barred from leaving for Singapore by immigration officials at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
In December 2016, Zunar sought a judicial review of his travel ban on grounds that it violated his constitutional right to freedom of movement.
He was represented by Lawyers for Liberty’s N Surendran and Melissa Sasidaran.
Speaking to reporters later, Surendran revealed that judge Zaki Wahab said because the case involved the constitution, and numerous authorities had been cited, he would need to study the matter first before making a decision.
“That is quite normal,” he added.
Citing Section 59A of the Immigration Act 1963, the Attorney-General’s Chambers stated that decisions by the Immigration Department director-general cannot be questioned in court.However, Zunar’s lawyers argued that there is no absolute power on the part of the government, and thus, the travel ban can be subject to review.
“Even if there is an ouster clause, the court always has the power to see if the decision of the director-general is reasonable or unreasonable, or if there is an error.
“We are saying there is no absolute power on the part of the government,” Surendran said.