17 June 2017
Court declares disqualification of DAP’s Ting Tiong Choon as Pujut assemblyman against natural justice, restores his position as ADUN
No by-election in Pujut after court overturns disqualification of DAP rep
THERE will be no by-election for the Pujut state seat after the Kuching High Court today overturned the disqualification of DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon as member of the Sarawak state assembly.
The High Court decision was fast-forwaded today as the nomination day of the by-election, which was triggered following Dr Ting’s disqualification on May 12, would have to be on Tuesday.
Dr Ting was disqualified by the state assembly for having acquired Australian citizenship and had exercised the rights of an Australian citizen by registering as a voter with the Australian Electoral Commission, in violation of Article 17(1)(g) of the Sarawak Constitution.
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BN SARAWAK SAYS DR TING HAS AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP. HE SAYS HE DOESN’T.
On 12 May 2017, the Sarawak assembly voted to disqualify Dr Ting after a motion to strip his membership was tabled by state minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.
In the motion, the state international trade and e-commerce minister said Dr Ting is no longer qualified, claiming he had acquired an Australian citizenship, registered as a voter there, and pledged allegiance to a country outside the federation of Malaysia.
However, in October 2016, Election Court Judge P. Ravinthran had rejected a petition brought by BN candidate Datuk Hii King Chiong and ordered the petitioner to pay RM80,000 costs to the respondent, Dr Ting.
Lim Guan Eng said the Election Court had decided that it was a legitimate election but the Sarawak State Assembly decided to ignore the decision by tabling a motion calling for the removal of Dr Ting.
15 May 2017
Now ex-Pujut lawmaker admits not a returnee under TalentCorp programme
KUCHING, May 15 — Sacked Sarawak assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon admitted today that he had decided not to pursue the incentives offered under the Returning Expert Programme (REP) for professional Malaysians working overseas.
Dr Ting, who was disqualified as the Pujut state assemblyman over allegation that he had acquired an Australian citizenship said he was initially attracted by the incentives, but later lost interest in it and eventually came back to Malaysia.
“(Therefore), the offer of money or incentives from Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) was not the reason I came back to Malaysia, but rather I want to serve society through politics,” Dr Ting told Malay Mail Online.
He said he also wanted to come back home after the death of his father of cancer in 2014.
“I met Malaysian Medical Council three times in 2014 and it was troublesome for me to travel to Kuala Lumpur from Australia.
“They asked me to submit certain things, but later I did not pursue it,” he said.
He said he came back to Sarawak “because I am a loyal Malaysian citizen and have never been disloyal citizen.”
“I am a fully registered medical practitioner. My annual practising certificate number is 36583/2015 and I am registered with the Malaysian Medical Council and my number is 62761/2014,” he said when responding to TalentCorp.
Earlier today, TalentCorp said that Dr Ting did not come home under the Returning Expert Programme (REP) as alleged, Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp) said today.
14 May 2017
Sarawak DAP to sue state assembly, Speaker over Pujut rep sacking
KUCHING, May 14 — Sarawak DAP said today it would sue the Sarawak state legislative assembly and the Speaker among others over the passage of a motion to strip one of its assemblymen of his office.
Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the party has assembled a team of lawyers, led by senior lawyer Chong Siew Chiang, to represent Dr Ting Tiong Choon from Pujut.
He said the party will accept voluntary legal experts to help in the legal case.
“We will file a writs of summons against them within a month,” the Kota Sentosa state lawmaker told reporters after chairing an emergency meeting of the liaison committee.
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Zahid confident BN can wrest Pujut from opposition
BEAUFORT: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is confident BN will be able to wrest the Pujut state constituency in Sarawak from the opposition if a by-election is held for the seat.
He said if the BN manages to wrest the seat, it would increase the number of seats held by Sarawak BN to 73 compared with 72 seats won in the last state election.
“God willing, there will be a by-election in Pujut and we (BN) will get 73 out of 83 seats (Sarawak state assembly),” he said when speaking at a meet-the-people session in Dataran Bagandang near here today…
MIRI, May 13 — Sarawak DAP will challenge the validity of Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon’s disqualification over dual citizenship, by the Sarawak Legislative Assembly yesterday, in court.
Sarawak DAP secretary Alan Ling Sie Kiong who is a practicing lawyer said an injunction would be filed first to allow a judicial review by the court on the decision by the assembly.
“Tomorrow we will have an emergency meeting at the party headquarters in Kuching to discuss on our next course of action,” he told reporters upon the arrival of Dr Ting at Miri Airport here today.
Alan Ling said the injunction was expected to be filed at the Kuching High Court with more details expected to be announced after the party emergency meeting in Kuching tomorrow evening.
13 May 2017
Sacked Sarawak rep could lose citizenship too, lawyer explains
KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — A DAP leader who was disqualified as Pujut state representative by the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly yesterday may also be stripped of his Malaysian citizenship, a lawyer said today.
Constitutional lawyer Nizam Bashir said Dr Ting Tiong Choon could be deprived of his citizenship should Putrajaya find enough proof to indicate that he had indeed acquired Australian citizenship as alleged.
“It’s regulated by Article 24 of the Federal Constitution,” Nizam told Malay Mail Online.
“He may deprived of his citizenship if the Federal Government is satisfied that he has acquired citizenship of another country.”
Article 24(1) states that the government may deprive a person of his citizenship should he or she acquired a citizenship in another country.
Malaysia are among the many countries in the world that prohibits dual citizenships.
Guan Eng tells Sarawak DAP to get ready for Pujut by-election
GEORGE TOWN, May 13 — Sarawak DAP has been told to prepare for Pujut by-election after Dr Ting Tiong Choon was disqualified as a member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly yesterday.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said he was shocked by the decision of the Sarawak State Assembly to disqualify Dr Ting as Pujut State Assemblyman and regarded it as politically motivated.
The Penang chief minister said the Election Court had rejected the election petition for Pujut state seat filed by Barisan Nasional (BN) who claimed that Dr Ting had Australian citizenship after registering as a voter in Australia.
“We will challenge this matter in court. At the same time, I have directed Sarawak DAP to prepare for a by-election,” he told reporters after launching a waste separation programme at Punca, Kadun Air Putih, today.
In October last year, Election Court Judge P. Ravinthran rejected a petition brought by BN candidate Datuk Hii King Chiong and ordered the petitioner to pay RM80,000 costs to the respondent, Dr Ting.
Guan Eng said the Election Court had decided that it was a legitimate election but the Sarawak State Assembly decided to ignore the decision by tabling a motion calling for the removal of Dr Ting.
DAP rep can still challenge sacking in court, Sarawak Speaker says
KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon can challenge the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly’s move to disqualify him as Pujut assemblyman, its Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar was reported saying.
According to Asfia, this means whether or not a by-election is to be held in the now-vacant seat will depend on Dr Ting’s next course of action: whether he wants to take the matter to court.
“Let’s see what course of action he will take following the DUN’s decision to disqualify him,” The Borneo Post quoted Asfia saying, using the Malay initials for the state assembly.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 — Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon insisted today that he does not hold dual Malaysian-Australian citizenship as alleged by his Barisan Nasional (BN) electoral rival in the May 7 state poll.
He said Datuk Hii King Chong had likely relied on online gossip blogs as the basis of his claim.
“I am born Malaysian and I never gave up my citizenship. I had my Malaysian passport for about 40 years. I do not have a [sic] Malaysian-Australian citizenship. I have said it many times now.
“I think all the information he got really came online from gossip blogs and assumed that’s true. I don’t know how they got the info because they couldn’t imagine any other way and I think it’s all presumptuous.
“More importantly, I think the petitioner got a very bad advice from his legal team. That’s what I assume,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted, referring to Hii.
Dr Ting said that a police officer from the commercial crimes department had also already interviewed him regarding his citizenship on Sunday.
He said the Election Commission (EC) however, is yet to contact him.
MIRI: Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon has slammed speculation over his citizenship and eligibility to be an elected representative.
During a press conference yesterday, Dr Ting accused direct Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for Pujut Datuk Hii King Chiong — who filed an election petition on Thursday to declare Dr Ting’s election null and void — of abusing the legal process to try to deny the decision of voters.
“I want to clarify that I do not hold any other citizenship apart from the Malaysian citizenship.
“I did not misrepresent in my nomination and my successful nomination showed I am eligible and qualify to be a candidate,” he said.
Ting said it is regrettable that Hii was not willing to accept the verdict of Pujut constituents.
“Upon receiving the details from the High Court, I will pass it to our DAP (Democratic Action Party) legal team,” he said.
“As such, I will not issue any further statement in this regard.”