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KUCHING, July 5: The political fate of Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon will be known when the Court of Appeal convenes on July 13.
Ting’s lawyer, Wong King Wei, said the senior assistant registrar of the Court of Appeal Malaysia had faxed the notice to his legal firm today.
The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly had appealed against the Kuching High Court’s ruling on June 17, 2017, in which Ting was reinstated as the rightful assemblyman.
On May 12, 2017, Ting was stripped of his seat after Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh filed a motion in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly.
In his motion, Wong claimed that Ting had acquired an Australian citizenship, registered as a voter and pledged allegiance to a country outside the federation of Malaysia. Wong had then pointed out that under Article 17(1)(g) of the State Constitution, Ting was, therefore, not a proper person to be a member of the State Assembly.
The decision to boot Ting out was made after 70 assemblymen voted in favour of Wong’s motion, while 10 were against it. — DayakDaily