Hornbill Unleashed

June 8, 2017

‘Pujut by-election to proceed unless ordered otherwise by High Court’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Image result for Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim AbdullahThe Election Commission (EC) will only postpone or call off the Pujut by-election if the Kuching High Court issues a court order instructing it to do so.

“We will not postpone or call off this by-election unless the High Court issues a court order,” said EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah.

He told Oriental Daily News that unless the High Court issues such an order, the EC would proceed with the Pujut by-election where polling has been set on July 4 and nomination on June 20.

Mohd Hashim was responding to the latest development

where former Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon filed an Originating Summons in the Kuching High Court yesterday to challenge the State Legislative Assembly’s (DUN) decision to disqualify him as a member.

Dr Ting has named DUN speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, DUN, the state government and the Election Commission as the respondents.

State Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen, during a press conference yesterday, said the summons was filed to obtain an order to stay Dr Ting’s disqualification until the disposal of the case.

Dr Ting is seeking a declaration that his disqualification is null and void, and of no effect for being ultra vires (or outside the jurisdiction) of the law.

He is also seeking a declaration the disqualification is against the rules of natural justice.

The Originating Summons was filed through the court’s e-filing system.

Dr Ting’s legal team is led by Chong Siew Chiang and six others including Chieng Jen.

On May 12, Dr Ting was disqualified from being a DUN member for allegedly acquiring Australia citizenship. Any Malaysian acquiring citizenship of another county will automatically lose his or her Malaysian citizenship.

The motion to disqualify Dr Ting was moved by Wong, who is International Trade and E-Commerce Minister, and was passed with a 70-10 vote.

Following Dr Ting’s disqualification as Pujut assemblyman, the EC fixed both the polling and nomination dates for the Pujut by-election.

Source : The Borneo Post Online by Lian Cheng



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