Dr Ting loses Pujut state seat in Federal Court majority decision

Dr Ting Tiong Choon

KUCHING: Democratic Action Party’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon has been disqualified as the assemblyman for Pujut following the Federal Court decision in Putrajaya today over the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly’s action against him due to his past dual citizenship.

The decision of the Court of Appeal and the Kuching High Court that reinstated Dr Ting as Pujut assemblyman were set aside in a seven to two majority decision this morning.

The Federal Court found that the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) has the power to disqualify Ting as a member for having dual citizenship despite him renouncing it before contesting in the last state election.

The lower court had ruled that the DUN has no power to disqualify its members.

Apart from the DUN, the other appellants in the appeal case today were former Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, the State government and the Election Commission.

The Federal court panel of judges led by Chief Justice Tan Sri Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat also ruled that DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar had not breached natural justice when allowing Dr Ting’s disqualification as a member of the august House.

The other judges were Court of Appeal president Datuk Rohana Yusuf; Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri David Wong Dak Wah and Federal Court judges Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli; Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh; Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan; Datuk Ong Lam Kiat; Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof and Datuk Hasnah Mohammed Hashim.

Share this news

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Scroll to Top