Former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has failed in his application to have his passport returned permanently.
Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi dismissed the Pagoh MP’s application on Wednesday (Nov 29).
“After examining and listening to the submissions of all parties, the court opines that the applicant needs to present stronger reasons other than holiday and medical check-up.
“In addition, the applicant is still facing three more charges of money laundering.
“Therefore, it is premature for the court to change the bail conditions,” she said, adding that Muhyiddin can still apply for a temporary release of his passport.
Muhyiddin, who was clad in a black suit, was present in court.
Judge Azura allowed the release of Muhyiddin’s passport today until January 15, 2024, after his lawyer, Datuk K Kumaraendran said the Pagoh MP needed to renew it before he could travel overseas.
The lawyer said that Muhyiddin planned to travel to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on December 15 before going to London on December 21 where he would stay until January 10 next year and head back to Dubai on January 11 before returning home.
The lawyer promised that Muhyiddin’s passport would be returned to the court on January 15, 2024.
Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib said he had no objections to the release of Muhyiddin’s passport.