MIRI: The High Court has dismissed an election petition filed by a Barisan Nasional direct candidate against Pujut state assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon from Sarawak DAP.
High Court judge Justice Ravinthran Paramaguru ruled yesterday that the petition against Dr Ting was flawed and did not comply with the requirements of election law.
He awarded costs of RM80,000 to Dr Ting.
On June 16, Barisan direct candidate in the Pujut state constituency, Datuk Hii King Chong, filed the petition against Dr Ting, following the May 7 Sarawak elections.
In his petition, Hii, a business tycoon, claimed that Dr Ting had acquired Australian citizenship and should be disqualified as state assemblyman.
He also claimed that Dr Ting failed to inform the Election Commission of his Australian citizenship and that he had committed an offence against the Sarawak state constitution by contesting in the polls.
Dr Ting won the Pujut seat in a four-cornered fight. He polled 8,899 votes against Hii’s 7,140.
PAS candidate Jofri Jaraiee got 513 votes while Fong Pau Teck, an independent, secured 375.