Dr Ting Tiong Choon Pujut state assemblyman Sarawak
Dr Ting Tiong Choon

KUALA LUMPUR – The Federal Court disqualified Dr Ting Tiong Choon as the Pujut state assemblyman representing DAP by ruling that the Sarawak state legislative assembly was right in disqualifying Ting over his dual citizenship status.

The decision overturned a Court of Appeal ruling in a 7-2 majority decision, and cited Article 19 of the Sarawak Constitution and Article 72 of the Federal Constitution which state, respectively, that the assembly has the final say in such a matter and that assembly proceedings cannot be questioned in any court.

Tiong Choon was disqualified on 12 May 2017, for having Malaysian and Australian citizenship following a motion tabled by the then Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.

In that decision, the Federal Court ruled that the state assembly has the final say in disqualifying Tiong Choon although he had given up his Australian citizenship before contesting in the previous state election.

He won with a majority of 1,759 votes in a four-corner contest for the Pujut seat, defeating Hii King Chiong (BN), Jofri Jaraiee (Pas) and Fong Pau Teck (Independent). – MalaysiaGazette

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