EC: We will comply with High Court decision

Dr Ting Tiong Choon

PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission (EC) says that it will comply with the Kuching High Court which ruled that Dr Ting Tiong Choon (pic) retains his position as Pujut assemblyman.

On Saturday morning, the Court ruled against the Sarawak state assembly's decision to disqualify Dr Ting as an assemblyman.

"In regards to this, the Election Commission will comply with the order and take the necessary steps according to the court's decision.

"The EC will hold a special meeting related to this matter in order to finalise the decision involving the dates that had been set before this," the EC said in a statement on Saturday.

Judge Datuk Douglas Christo Primus Sikayun had ruled that the state assembly was not a competent forum to decide on the membership of Dr Ting, as prescribed by Article 118 of the Federal Constitution.

Article 118 provides that the election of a Member of Parliament or state assemblyman can only be challenged via an election petition to the High Court.

In his ruling, he said that Dr Ting was not disqualified and was entitled to remain as an elected assemblyman.

He also ordered state assembly speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh to pay RM100,000 to Dr Ting as legal costs.

Dr Ting had lost the Pujut seat after he was removed by the Sarawak legislative assembly on May 12 for holding dual citizenship in Australia and Malaysia.

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