KUCHING: Sarawak Barisan Nasional will appeal to the Federal Court against the High Court’s decision here to reinstate Dr Ting Tiong Choon as Pujut assemblyman.
Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government respected the decision of the High Court but would appeal to the apex court.
“We will announce the decision (to appeal). The court was more focused on the point of law and the state government will appeal to the Federal Court,” he said after presenting Hari Raya aid to 400 recipients during the Satok Ihsan Ramadan programme here yesterday.
Abang Johari, however, said he did not know when the appeal would be filed as it had to be discussed with the state Attorney-General.
Earlier, High Court judge Datuk Douglas Cristo Primus Sikayun ruled as unlawful the state legislative assembly’s decision on May 12 to disqualify Dr Ting, from DAP, as Pujut assemblyman.
The court also reinstated Dr Ting as Pujut assemblyman and there will be no by-election in this state constituency, although the Election Commission (EC) had fixed June 20 for nomination and July 4 for polling.
On May 12, Dr Ting was disqualified from being an assemblyman as he was alleged to have previously acquired dual citizenship (Malaysia and Australia), after a motion tabled by Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh (named as second respondent) was passed with a 70-10 vote.
On June 7, Dr Ting filed an originating summons in the High Court here to challenge the state assembly’s decision to disqualify him as a member of the House.
The judge also ordered Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and Wong, the first and second defendants, to pay RM100,000 to the plaintiff (Dr Ting) in legal costs. — Bernama