Miri police record statement from Pujut assemblyman

MIRI: Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon of DAP was summoned by the police here to gave his statement over allegations that he had made false declaration about his citizenship.

Dr Ting went to the Miri police headquarters at about 2.15pm Sunday accompanied by his lawyer Alan Ling, who is also Sarawak DAP secretary.

When asked to comment on the police probe, Dr Ting said he could not say anything as yet. Ling also said it was best not to comment while police investigations are ongoing.

On June 16, an election petition was filed in the Miri High Court by Barisan Nasional direct candidate in the Pujut state constituency Datuk Hii King Chong against Dr Ting.

Business tycoon Hii filed the petition through his lawyer KY Ling. In his statement of petition, he claimed that Dr Ting had already acquired Australian citizenship and therefore should be disqualified as a state assemblyman.

Hii claimed that he had acquired evidence that Dr Ting was a registered voter with the Australian Electoral Conmission.

He alleged that Dr Ting had failed to inform the Election Commission of his Australian status and had committed offences against the Sarawak constitution by contesting in the state polls.

Dr Ting won the Pujut seat in a four-cornered fight in the May 7 state polls. He won 8,899 votes while Hii garnered 7,140 votes.

PAS candidate Jofri Jaraiee secured 513 votes and independent candidate Fong Pau Teck received 375.

Hii is seeking an order from the court to nullify the May 7 results in the Pujut constituency.

This is the first election petition filed in Sarawak since the conclusion of the 11th state election.

Dr Ting had denied that he hold dual citizenship.


Source: http://miri.my/2016/06/19/miri-police-record-statement-from-pujut-assemblyman/