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Friday, June 16, 2017

Court orders Ting restored as Pujut state rep

The Kuching High Court has restored Ting Tiong Choon as Pujut state assemblyperson in its decision delivered today.
In a Facebook post by Sarawak DAP secretary Alan Ling today, he said the judge ruled that Ting's disqualification was not valid for a number of reasons.
Ting was disqualified by the Sarawak State Assembly on May 12 for allegedly having Australian citizenship.
This would mean that the planned Pujut by-election, with the polling date set for July 4, will not be held.
However, Sarawak BN may appeal the court decision.
In his decision today, judge Douglas Primus Sikayun said that the constitution clearly states that if any party is dissatisfied with election results, they must make an election petition to the court.
The state assembly, the judge said, does not have any expressed powers to deal with the election results and that it is not a competent body to decide on constitutional issues, according to Ling's posting.
The judge also awarded cost of RM100,000 to Ting.
Ting had filed an originating summons with the High Court Registry in Kuching on June 7, challenging his dismissal by the Sarawak Legislative Assembly.
This came after he was disqualified as the Pujut representative after a motion in the state assembly was tabled on May 12 to disqualify him for allegedly acquiring an Australian citizenship in 2012.
However, Sarawak BN may appeal the court decision.
In his decision today, judge Douglas Primus Sikayun said that the constitution clearly states that if any party is dissatisfied with election results, they must make an election petition to the court.

In addition, the state assembly, the judge said, does not have any expressed powers to deal with the election results and that it is not a competent body to decide on constitutional issues, according to Ling's posting.
The judge also awarded cost of RM100,000 to Ting.
Ting had filed an originating summons with the High Court Registry in Kuching on June 7, challenging his dismissal by the Sarawak Legislative Assembly.
This came after he was disqualified as the Pujut representative when a motion in the state assembly was tabled and passed to disqualify him for allegedly acquiring an Australian citizenship in 2012.

-Mkini

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