Andy Yong cites a decision by federal court judge Gopal Sri Ram that fundamental liberties include right to travel.
PETALING JAYA: A Gerakan member has questioned the legal basis for the federal government‚Äôs action in imposing a travel ban on ousted prime minister Najib Razak.
Andy Yong, deputy head of Gerakan Youth, said: ‚ÄúIt is untenable for the prime minister or immigration authorities to restrict an individual‚Äôs right to travel without giving any written reason.‚ÄĚ
Yesterday, newly-appointed Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had given instructions to prevent Najib from travelling abroad. Najib was stopped hours before he was to go on ‚Äúa short break‚ÄĚ to be with his family after a bitterly-fought general election campaign.
Yong also questioned the silence of organisations such as the Bar Council and Bersih, who had previously protested against travel bans as a violation of the Federal Constitution.
‚ÄúWhy are they so quiet now? Didn‚Äôt our new prime minister say the need for¬†rule of law must be followed?‚ÄĚ he said.
He also cited a Federal Court decision by Justice Gopal Sri Ram in 2009, in which he said the judge had held that ‚Äúpersonal liberty‚ÄĚ included the right to travel abroad.
He said: ‚ÄúFailure to provide a reason for barring travel would imply that none exists and give rise to the perception of abuse of power.‚ÄĚ