Wednesday, December 10, 2014

No Authority to Revoke Passports

The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim

My Monday posting on the issue of the revocation of two passports by the Immigration department refers.
Civil lawyers are up in arms because they insist Putrajaya has no authority to revoke passports of its citizens. The administrative action taken by the department’s Director-General is in breach of fundamental rights accorded in the Federal Constitution.
The lawyers argued that a Federal Court ruling in 2009 (i.e. Lee Kwan Woh v. Public Prosecutor) had held that "personal liberty" under Article 5 includes the right of Malaysians to travel abroad with a valid passport.
Even Ambiga Sreenevasan has come out to accuse the Immigration Department of breaching Article 9 of the Federal Constitution. She said: “No responsible government behaves in the appalling manner against its own citizens”.
But Ambiga, this is Malaysia! Malaysia Boleh wad!
Liverpool's wretched Champions League campaign came to a disappointing conclusion as they failed to beat Basel. With the 1-1 draw, they saw their hopes of reaching the knockout phase evaporate.
Steven Gerrard's brilliant late free-kick (81) equalized Fabian Frei's twenty-fifth minute goal for the Swiss – but that was all the Reds managed to do. If you are wondering what happened to our forwards – well, they again took the day off yesterday.
Liverpool managed just one win in six Group B games. And since we didn't win at Anfield, Basel advance to the Champions League's last 16 and the Reds will now compete in the Europa League. What an effing let-down!
I was at the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting last evening. I took up the role of TT Master and my Table Topics were 'idioms'. A good choice if I may say so myself!

It rarely happens but yesterday, the meeting started late by 2 minutes. I hope complacency has not crept into our meetings. My meeting score is a 3.5 over 10.



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