Sarawak DAP wants emergency sitting over appeal against court decision on Pujut

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  • Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017

KUCHING: Sarawak DAP has called on Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg to hold an emergency meeting of the state assembly within the next two weeks.

Its chairman Chong Chieng Jen (pic) said the meeting is needed to make a resolution to authorise the filing of an appeal over the High Court ruling that reinstated Dr Ting Tiong Choon as Pujut assemblyman.

"A special sitting (of the state assembly) must be held to allow all members to fully deliberate on this matter.

"(Sarawak legislative assembly) has no authority to make an appeal without a resolution passed in the state assembly authorising it," he told reporters at the State Legislative Assembly complex here Wednesday.

High Court judge Datuk Douglas Christo Primus Sikayun ruled in favour of Dr Ting last Saturday, saying that the state assembly "is not a competent forum to decide on his membership based on Article 118 of the Federal Constitution."

On Monday, the Election Commission (EC) cancelled the Pujut by-election set to take place on July 4.

On the same day, Sarawak speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar said he had filed an appeal against the High Court ruling.

Sarawak law, state-federal relationship and project monitoring assistant minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said that the state attorney-general would file an appeal on behalf of the state assembly.

Chong said the party had sent a letter to the chief minister's office and forwarded a copy to the state assembly office.

The Bandar Kuching MP added that the state cabinet "is in no position to decide or act for the state assembly," noting that the state assembly, as the legislature, "is a separate entity from the executive" (the state cabinet).

"Without a resolution passed in the state assembly, any appeal filed in its name may be an unauthorised and unlawful act," Chong said.


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