KUALA LUMPUR: Any Malaysians who ridicule the Malaysian Government in whatever way can be barred from travelling overseas for three years.
According to The Star, a source said that the Immigration Department had enforced this ruling several months ago in a move to safeguard the country’s image.
“Anyone who runs down the Government or ‘memburukkan kerajaan’ in any manner will be barred from going abroad.
“Only the Immigration Department director-general will be authorised to look into their appeals,” he said, adding that the department would act once there was a request from enforcement agencies such as the police.
“The Malaysian international passport is a travel document issued by the Government under the aegis of the Yang DiPertuan Agong.
“So, the Government has the discretion to either issue, defer or revoke the travel document,” he said.
Immigration director general Datuk Sakib Kusmi could not provide statistics on the number of Malaysians who have been barred from leaving the country for ridiculing the Goverment, however, those who are bankrupt, have legal cases against them or have not paid any government loans back are stopped from leaving the country.