KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — Defeated Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will be able to leave Malaysia for neighbouring Indonesia as scheduled today.
Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali told Malay Mail when contacted this morning that neither the former prime minister nor Rosmah have been barred from travelling overseas, contrary to a news report earlier by Malaysiakini.
“No he is not blacklisted so far,” Mustafar said.
“Both,” he added when asked if Rosmah was also cleared to travel.
News portal Malaysiakini had earlier reported the couple were on a no-fly list, based on its own checks on the Immigration Department’s Travel Status Enquiry System (SSPI) using the identity card numbers of Najib and Rosmah.
According to the report, Najib and Rosmah will be required to “refer to the nearest Immigration office”, a term Malaysiakini said was used on several Pakatan Harapan leaders when they were blacklisted from travelling overseas.
In contrast, those free to travel would see the term “no obstruction” show on the SSPI.
However, Malaysiakini said the website is inaccessible domestically. It added that it was able to perform the search through a proxy.
Najib and Rosmah are scheduled to be flying out of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang Jaya, Selangor at 10am today on a Jakarta-bound private jet operated by Premiair and owned by Indonesia’s 14th richest man and head of PT Rajawali Corp, Tan Sri Peter Sondakh, Malaysiakini reported.
Najib tweeted earlier this morning that he was taking a “short break to spend time with family”.