MIRI: The people of Miri are eagerly waiting for Friday to know whether there will be a by-election for the state constituency of Pujut.
This is the first election petition filed in Sarawak since the conclusion of the 11th state elections on May 7.
The Miri High Court will make a final decision on an election petition filed on June 16 by Barisan Nasional direct candidate in the Pujut state constituency Datuk Hii King Chong against Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon of Sarawak DAP.
Business tycoon Hii filed the petition through his lawyer KY Ling and in his statement of petition, claimed that Dr Ting had acquired Australian citizenship and thus should be disqualified as the assemblyman.
He claimed that he had acquired evidence that Dr Ting is a registered voter with the Australian Electoral Commission.
Hii further claimed that Dr Ting had failed to inform the Election Commission of his Australian status and that Dr Ting had committed offences against the Sarawak Constitution by contesting in the state polls.
Dr Ting won the Pujut seat in a four cornered fight. Dr Ting polled 8,899 votes and Hii 7,140. PAS candidate Jofri Jaraiee got 513 votes while Independent Fong Pau Teck secured 375 votes.
He is seeking an order from the Court to nullify the May 7 results of the state polls in the Pujut constituency.
Hii is seeking a declaration that he should be declared the winner in Pujut once the Court disqualifies Dr Ting since he had secured the second highest vote.
He is also seeking an alternative order from the Court to declare a fresh election in Pujut and that the DAP be barred from recontesting in the by-election.
Dr Ting’s lawyer Alan Ling Sii Kiong said he had received notice from the High Court that a decision on the petition will be announced this Friday.
“The decision by the High Court Judge has been fixed for 2.30pm this Friday at the Miri court complex.
“This decision is crucial as it will determine if there will be a by-election or if the decision of the Pujut voters will stand,” he said yesterday.
Ling said he is confident that the choice made by the voters of Pujut will be upheld.