GEORGE TOWN: The two DAP elected representatives from Melaka and Negri Sembilan arrested for their alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terror group last week will still serve their term as assemblymen.
Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said the two would only be disqualified if they were found guilty and convicted in court.
"They must be found guilty first. They will only be disqualified after they have been convicted," he said during a press conference after attending a Democracy Forum at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) here on Tuesday (Oct 15).
Under the Federal Constitution, a state assemblyman will be disqualified if the EC discovers that the person is either bankrupt, not of sound mind, currently a salaried employee in an organisation, a citizen of another country or has pledged allegiance to a foreign country, or has been sentenced to jail for no less than a year or fined no less than RM2,000 without pardon.
Two DAP leaders - Melaka exco member G. Saminathan and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran - were among 12 people arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) over alleged links to LTTE.