Sarawak Speaker files appeal against Dr Ting’s reinstatement

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  • Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017

KUCHING: Sarawak legislative assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar has filed an appeal against the High Court ruling that reinstated Dr Ting Tiong Choon as Pujut assemblyman.

“It is done. We have filed the appeal,” Asfia’s lawyer Shankar Ram Asnani told The Star.

Shankar did not comment when asked if he applied for a certificate of urgency to expedite the hearing at the appellate court.

He took a swipe at DAP for publicly discussing the ruling, saying that they should not be doing trial through the media.

“It is wrong for the Opposition party to make comments on the matter now that it has gone to the appellate court. They should respect the due process of the court, they should not talk or comment about the minister, Chief Minister and Speaker,” Shankar said.

Judge Datuk Douglas Christo Primus Sikayun, in his ruling last Saturday, said the state assembly was not a competent forum to decide on the membership of Dr Ting based on Article 118 of the Federal Constitution and that the Speaker had wrongly applied Article 17(1)(g) of the Sarawak constitution.

On May 12, Dr Ting was disqua­lified in a 70-10 vote in favour of a ministerial motion in the state assembly for having acquired Australian citizenship, though he had subsequently renounced it.

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 august House.

Following the court’s decision, the Election Commission cancelled the Pujut by-election previously announced for July 4.

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