BY turning to the federal government to revoke the citizenship of reinstated Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choo so that he can be disqualified again as a member of the Sarawak legislative assembly, the state would be surrendering its autonomy as government, DAP said today.
It is tantamount to a betrayal, Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said as he called for a stop to the “meaningless persecution of Dr Ting”.
Chong was referring to Deputy Chief Minister Dr James Masing’s statement that the state government would refer to the Home Ministry the case of Ting’s Australian citizenship, which Ting took up in 2010 and renounced last year.
“I call upon Abang Jo (Chief Minister Abang Johari) to behave like a statesman, and stop the meaningless persecution that is at the same time turning the DUN (state legislative assembly) into a circus show of clowns.
“Sarawak BN has lost in the people’s court during the state election (in May last year) and lost twice in the court of law thereafter.”
Chong was referring to the two attempts to disqualify Ting – once in the Election Court last year, and again when the Sarawak legislative assembly’s disqualified Ting on account of his Australian citizenship. The disqualification was overturned on Saturday by the Kuching High Court, which ruled that the state assembly is not a forum to decide on election results or interpret law.
The court also found that Ting was not given a fair chance to defend himself against the motion tabled by state International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Wong Soon Koh.
“It is time for the Sarawak government to move on to more meaningful agenda and stop wasting people’s money and time trying to forcibly disqualify Dr Ting,” Chong said.
Chong said BN should also respect the decision of 8,899 Pujut voters.