Hornbill Unleashed

June 9, 2017

Sacked Pujut rep’s attempt to halt by-election fast-tracked to today

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

Yesterday, Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah had told a Chinese daily that the EC would only postpone the Pujut by-election if there was a directive from the court. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe case management for former Pujut state assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon’s petition over his dismissal will be heard today before High Court Judge Datuk Douglas Primus Sikayun, instead of at July 10.

Alan Ling Sie Kiong, a member of Dr Ting’s legal team, said today that it has decided to apply for the early case management in view of a statement by the Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah in the press today.

“As such, the court agreed to fix the date to hear the case management tomorrow,” Ling, who is also Sarawak DAP secretary, told Malay Mail Online.

With the new date, Ling said July 10 fixed yesterday to hear the Originating Summons against the Sarawak State Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar and four other respondents has been vacated.

“Among the issues we will raise tomorrow is to ask the court to stay the Pujut by-election which has been fixed for July 4 until the case has been finally disposed of by the court,” Ling,  who is also a former DAP state lawmaker for Piasau, said.

The early date was fixed pursuant to the Certificate of Urgency under the name of Wong King Wei, another member of the legal team.

Yesterday, Hashim had told a Chinese daily that the EC would only postpone the by-election if there was a directive from the court.

In the absence of the directive, he had explained the commission would proceed with the by-election.

Nomination day has been fixed for June 20.

Hashim made the statement in response to an Originating Summons e-filed by Dr Ting at the Kuching High Court yesterday, naming the commission as one of the respondents.

Apart from the Speaker and commission, the other three respondents were state international trade and e-commerce minister Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh, the Sarawak state assembly, and the Sarawak state government.

Among others, Dr Ting wanted the court to declare that he was still the state assemblyman for Pujut, wanted the court to stay the by-election, and that his disqualification as the Pujut state assemblyman by the state assembly was null and void.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by SULOK TAWIE


 

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1 Comment »

  1. Voters to decide

    Comment by tigeryk — June 12, 2017 @ 10:19 AM | Reply


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