Datin who skipped bail over maid abuse case still in country, says Immigration DG


MO,22/3/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: A Datin who failed to appear in court for a sentencing review over a maid abuse case is believed to be still in the country. Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said checks showed that she had not left the country. “Acting on court order, Datin Rozita Mohamad Ali has been blacklisted from leaving the country,” he told the New Straits Times Press when contacted today.

Rozita, 44, was supposed to appear before the Shah Alam High Court yesterday with to review the good behaviour bond imposed on her by the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court, last week. Selangor head of prosecution Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad told the court the prosecution’s attempt to serve a notice to Rozita and her surety, who is a member of the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF), for them to appear in court, proved futile.

“We went to the respondent’s (Rozita) house in Damansara and her family home in Melaka, but no one was at either address. “We also tried to serve the notice to the bailor’s address at the RMAF base in Subang but the house was vacant. But we have pasted the notice at the bailor’s house,” he had said.

On March 15, Petaling Jaya Sessions judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar let Rozita off with a mere good behaviour bond of five years, even though the prosecution had pressed for a jail sentence considering the severity of the crime. Rozita had admitted abusing Suyanti Sutrinso, 19, using a kitchen knife, a steel mop, a clothes hanger and an umbrella in 2016. She caused multiple injuries to the victim’s head, hands, legs and internal organs between 7am and 12pm on Dec 21, 2016 at a house in Mutiara Damansara.

Rozita was initially charged under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 20 years upon conviction. However, the charge was later amended to causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means, under Section 326 of the Penal Code. The accused pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and Mokhzani sentenced her to be bound over for five years on a good behaviour bond of RM20,000.

Mokhzani’s decision subsequently sparked nationwide outrage, from members of the public to lawmakers and non-governmental organisations calling for a review of the sentence.

As of press time, some 70,000 people have signed an online petition (https://www.change.org/p/dato-equal-justice) calling for justice to be served equally to the rich and poor following the Sessions Court decision, well above the set target of 50,000 signatures before it would be forwarded to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

The petition claims that Rozita’s actions against Suyanti should have resulted in a “stricter punishment” instead of a mere good behaviour bond.


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Immigration DG made adjunct professor at IIUM law faculty


MO,19/3/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali has been appointed adjunct professor at International Islamic University Malaysia’s (IIUM) Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyah of Law. IIUM rector Prof Datuk Seri Dr Zaleha Kamarudin handed the appointment letter to him at the IIUM Global Forum: Premier Lecture and Handover of adjunct professor appointment at the university’s campus today.

Mustafar said his appointment as a part-time lecturer was an honour and a demonstration of trust and recognition by the university of the Immigration Department. “I am honoured and thankful for this recognition. The appointment is not just a personal award but collectively for all in the department. “We are always open to the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the department and IIUM,” he said.

Zaleha said the appointment was based on Mustafar’s wide experience and expertise in the legal sector. “We would like to thank the Immigration Department for its collaboration with IIUM in exchanging knowledge in organising seminars, conferences and symposiums related to the department,” she said.


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Immigration Dept never issued circular to stop stateless children from attending school: Mustafar


MO,12/1/2018, PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department has denied issuing a circular preventing stateless children from being enrolled in schools. Its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali clarified that the document, which was mistakenly regarded as a circular, was actually a letter responding to questions from the Education Ministry.

“It was not a circular. Only a letter which the department sent to the ministry to answer some questions. “On Nov 28, last year, the ministry’s Daily School Management Division has sent a letter to us to clarify issues related to status of children. “In the letter, the ministry wanted to know the categories or schedule of children who were born in and outside Malaysia after the Malaysia Day, whether they require a passport or valid travel document to enrol in government schools.

“We later replied on Dec 28, explaining that foreigners born here or abroad are required to have passports; Malaysian children don’t need to have passports while children without citizenship but have applied for it are required to have passports,” he told reporters today. Mustafar stressed that the Immigration Department has nothing to do with matters involving the enrolment of students.

“That is under the Education Ministry’s jurisdiction. Whether the child is stateless or not, only the ministry can solve their enrolment issue,” he said. “In short, stateless children can still attend school as long as they have all the documents needed by the ministry,” he said. According to the Education Ministry’s circular, stateless children are allowed to enrol in any government schools with the conditions that one of the parents is Malaysian, and have obtained a confirmation or acknowledgement letter that the child is under the care of Malaysians.

Mustafar was responding to a report on Jan 9 about a seven-year old girl in Seremban, who was stopped from attending school after clearing registration with the Education Ministry. An English daily reported that the girl’s adoptive parents were believed to have been told by the Immigration Department that she required a passport in order to be enrolled at the school.


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