Tuesday, July 14

‘Utmost final court is the people’s court’

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Senator Alan Ling

MIRI: The utmost final court is actually the people’s court according to Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak secretary Senator Alan Ling.

When commenting on the Federal Court’s majority decision that the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) had the power to disqualify Dr Ting Tiong Choon as Pujut assemblyman for having dual citizenship, Ling opined that the people should have a democratic say in electing their representative.

Ling said he firmly believes the DUN does not have vested power to disqualify its members by ministerial motion.

“With due respect to the majority and in my humble view, the dissenting judgement by the Chief Justice (of Malaysia Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat) and the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak (Datuk David Wong Dak Wah) is the correct interpretation of the position of law and will one day be upheld,” he said.

He pointed out the majority decision of the Federal Court should however be accepted and abided by all parties.

“I am extremely saddened by the decision,” Ling added.

“Being a comrade, I took up his cases like the quashing of three search warrants, acting for him at the election petition – which we won, but it is really unfortunate that the seven judges, being the majority, are not in favour of him at the final stage of this constitutional case, thus his disqualification.”