PUTRAJAYA - Controversial sex blogger Alvin Tan and activist Ali Abd Jalils are technically illegal immigrants in the countries they are in now - the United States and Sweden - as their passports have been revoked, the Immigration Department said.
Director-general Datuk Mustafa Ibrahim said the two men would need to have an Emergency Certificate (EC) if they wished to return to Malaysia.
Their passports had been revoked with immediate effect and their names blacklisted in the department's database.
"Technically, they are illegal immigrants in the countries they are in right now since their passports have been cancelled. However, the EC could only be used once and not multiple times like an international passport. They are also not allowed to travel to other countries aside from returning to Malaysia," Mustafa said in a press conference.
Mustafa said the move was in line with Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's call to cancel Tan's travel document after his latest comments questioning the Sultan of Selangor's decision to strip Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's "Datuk Seri" state title.
"The revocation of Tan and Ali's passports is unprecedented. This shows that we have been very lenient and tolerant towards the two even though we could have taken action against them sooner.
"However, the department has to support Dr Ahmad Zahid's call as well as the demands of Malaysians which were made through blog postings, WhatsApp messages, e-mails and tweets," he said, adding that the department would not tolerate any insults against the judiciary, the rulers and religion.