Malaysia ex-PM Muhyiddin gets passport back for holiday, treatment in Singapore
Former Malaysian prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is facing money laundering charges, got back his passport on Nov 29 so that he could travel overseas for a family holiday and undergo medical treatment in Singapore.
However, Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi dismissed his application to have his travel document returned to him permanently, reported Malaysian media.
She said it was premature to do so, as he still had other charges pending in court and that the the chairman of opposition bloc Perikatan Nasional has to return his passport by Jan 15, 2024.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib said the prosecution had no objection to the temporary release of Muhyiddin’s passport, which is currently held by the court as part of his bail conditions.
Muhyiddin’s lawyer, Mr K. Kumaraendran, told the court that the former premier is scheduled to fly to Dubai on Dec 15 before leaving for London on Dec 21. He will then return to Dubai on Jan 10 and travel to Malaysia on Jan 11.
Mr Kumaraendran did not say when Muhyiddin is going to Singapore.
In Oct 21, Muhyiddin had applied for his passport to be returned so he could receive medical treatment in Singapore.
The Pagoh MP plans to undergo a heart examination through a stress test on a treadmill at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, according to his affidavit.
He said he had been treated a few years ago at the Mayo Clinic in the United States, where doctors had informed him that Mount Elizabeth Hospital has the same treatment and diagnostic tools.
He also said in the affidavit that he needed the document to travel to London at the end of the year as part of a family tradition of going on a month-long trip annually.