KUCHING, June 19 — Sarawak Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar has filed an appeal against the High Court ruling that reinstated DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon’s post as Pujut assemblyman.
His lawyer, Shankar Ram Asnani, confirmed the filing of the appeal.
“I don’t want to say anything about this appeal, (but) we have filed the appeal today,” Shankar told Malay Mail Online when asked whether he also applied for a certificate of urgency to expedite the hearing.
He said he did not know whether Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, the Sarawak assembly or Election Commission will file their own appeals.
Wong, who is also the Bawang Assan state assemblyman and United People’s Party (UPP) president, could not be reached for an answer whether he has instructed his lawyer Gladys Lee to file an appeal.
The Sarawak government was removed as a respondent in Dr Ting’s lawsuit previously.
On June 17, High Court judge Datuk Douglas Primus Sikayun decided the Sarawak assembly was not a competent forum to disqualify any state assemblyman as its member.
He had said only the election court could decide the membership of any assemblyman as provided for under Article 118 of the Federal Constitution.
Sikayun also said Asfia failed to apply the rule of natural justice when he rejected Dr Ting’s request for time to prepare his defence before a motion to disqualify him was tabled.
Dr Ting had asked the court to declare that he was still the state assemblyman for Pujut and that his disqualification by the Sarawak assembly on May 12 was null and void.
Wong had tabled the motion to disqualify him for allegedly acquiring an Australian citizenship in 2010.
The EC previously announced a by-election for Pujut on July 4, but cancelled this following the court’s decision.