PUTRAJAYA – Controversial blogger Alvin Tan and political activist Ali Abdul Jalil have been requested to present themselves at the Malaysian Immigration Department or the Malaysian Representative Office nearest to them to surrender their passports.
The Immigration Department, in a statement here today, stated that this was necessary as the Malaysian International passport issued to Ali, with serial number A28945390, and to Alvin Tan, whose real name is Tan Jye Yee, with serial number A32765005, had been revoked, effective yesterday.
It is the first case involving the withdrawal of passports by the Malaysian Immigration Department.
Prior to this, Immigration Director-General Datuk Mustafa Ibrahim was reported to have said that the department would not hesitate to take action against Malaysians who insulted the court, Islam and the Malay rulers.
He said the passport was a document which belonged to the Malaysian government and it could be withdrawn at any time.
Alvin Tan fled to the United States of America to seek political asylum to avoid arrest by the Malaysian authorities for offences he had committed, including under the Sedition Act for belittling Islam and the fasting month of Ramadan, as well as making a mockery of the monarchy in his Facebook postings.
As for Ali, who fled to Sweden to seek political asylum, he is wanted for allegedly insulting the Malaysian monarchy on Facebook. – BERNAMA