Now Chong says only the Chief Minister has the power to convene the Assembly

Chong (left) speaking at the press conference in kuching today, as his assistant Kelvin Yii looks on. - dayakdaily.com

KUCHING: The State Legislative Assembly Speaker has no power to call or reject calls to convene the assembly as the power lies with the Chief Minister said Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen.

Chong said the request for the emergency sitting was not to deliberate on Dr Ting’s reinstatement or the court’s decision but to meet and deliberate whether the assembly need to appeal the decision.

“Who is capable in law to make decision on behalf of state assembly … whether to appeal against the judgement? Certainly not the speaker, or even the chief minister. Its only through a sitting that the assembly can make a decision,” said Chong in a Press Conference at the party headquarters here today.

On June 17, High Court Judge Douglas Cristo Primus Sikayun overturned the disqualification of Pujut assembluman Dr Ting Tiong Choon.

Following this DAP requests for an emergency sitting to resolve the “Constitutional crisis in DUN” to which, was rejected by speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar.

“Asfia has acted beyond his powers again,” Chong added.

Asfia, at Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg’s raya open house on Sunday, said he had rejected the request because he said he had filed an appeal against the decision of the High Court and any attempt to take it out of the court into the DUN (the Malay acronym for the legislature) is sub-judice.

Afia had also said anyone who seriously believed that a chief minister, who commands 72 seats will act to the dictates of the minority or for the Speaker to call for the meeting, “needs his head to be examined”.

The Kota Sentosa assemblyman said for Asfia to label for his request as “vicious” and “vitriolic” only shows that “he has lost his mind”.

“He has even lost the basic criteria to be the Speaker, that is to be impartial. It is clear evidence he is not thinking straight.”

Chong also asked why is the BN afraid to have the emergency session.

He said as long as a motion is tabled by a minister, “I see no possibility that such a resolution will be defeated”. – dayakdaily.com