Chong urges state government to stop harassing Pujut rep

Chong speaking to reporters after the ruling.

KUCHING, July 13: The Sarawak government should stop pursuing Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon now that the Court of Appeal has ruled in Dr Ting’s favour in relation to the case where he was stripped of his State Legislative Assembly (DUN) membership.

Describing the whole episode as “political prosecution” and “high-handed”, Chong, who is Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said the government should not continue to subject Dr Ting to its “persecution, oppression and suppression”.

“I think enough is enough. Let him do his job. He has done his job for the last two years and he has done his job pretty well. He has performed his duty as ADUN (assemblyman). Let us not continue the persecution,” said Chong to reporters after the appellate court made its judgement today.

The Court of Appeal today dismissed the appeal of DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh and two others against a High Court ruling in favour of Dr Ting keeping his DUN membership.

Chong reminded DUN to exercise the law within the ambit of the law.

He pointed out that Dr Ting had renounced his Australian citizenship and gave up all the benefits attached to this status in order to return to serve Malaysia.

“Foreigners who have renounced their own citizenship and acquired our citizenship can be validly elected as elected representatives. Why can’t an original Sarawakians have the same benefit?” asked Chong. — DayakDaily