KUCHING: The Federal Court has granted the Sarawak state legislative assembly’s application for leave to appeal against the decision of the High Court and the Court of Appeal on the disqualification of Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon due to his dual citizenship.
Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar said the application was made by three applicants, namely himself as the Speaker of the House, Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh as a senior state minister and the state legislative assembly.
“The Speaker was represented by senior counsel Tan Sri Cecil Abraham and Shakar Ram Asnani while the second applicant was represented by George Lo and the third applicant by Deputy State Attorney General Saferi Ali,” he said yesterday.
On May 12, 2017, Ting was stripped of his seat after Wong, who was then the International Trade and E-Commerce Minister, tabled a motion in the state assembly.
On June 17 that year, the High Court ruled that it was unlawful for the state assembly to disqualify Ting as Pujut assemblyman.
On July 13, 2018, the Court of Appeal ruled that the state assembly had exceeded its power in denouncing Ting’s membership as an assemblyman on the basis of his dual citizenship, which Ting had given up before being nominated as a DAP candidate for Pujut. — Bernama