EC informed of vacant Pujut seat, says Sarawak Speaker

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 16 May 2017

KUCHING: The Sarawak Legislative Assembly has officially notified the Election Commission (EC) that the Pujut seat is vacant following the disqualification of DAP lawmaker Dr Ting Tiong Choon.

Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar said he has written a letter dated May 16, 2017 to the EC with regards to the disqualification of Dr Ting.

He said the seat is now vacant under Article 21(5) of the State Constitution.

“It is up to the EC to take the necessary action in pursuance with Article 21(5) of the Sarawak Constitution. Therefore, I leave this matter in the safe hands of the EC for its further action,” Mohd Asfia told a press conference at the State Legislative Assembly here Tuesday.

Dr Ting was removed as Pujut assemblyman on May 12 after 70 Barisan Nasional representatives voted in support of a motion to disqualify him, while 10 opposition lawmakers rejected it.

The motion, tabled by state International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, was to disqualify Dr Ting over allegations that he held Australian citizenship.

Malaysia does not allow its citizens to hold dual citizenship.

In the May 2016 state polls, Dr Ting won with a majority of 1,759 votes in a four-cornered fight that also involved Barisan, PAS and an independent candidate.
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