RE­MOVAL

New Straits Times - - News - Beau­fort, CHONG CHIENG JEN But­ter­worth,

ap­proved by 70 votes to 10.

Chong also said it was the state as­sem­bly Speaker Datuk Amar Mo­hamad As­fia Awang Nas­sar’s right to in­form the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion that the Pu­jut state seat was va­cant.

“We are ex­pect­ing a by-elec­tion to be called even be­fore the court case has been fi­nalised.

“If that hap­pens, we will con­test too.

“We (still) want the Pu­jut (state seat),” he said.

Dr Ting, who was present at the press con­fer­ence, said he would re­main in DAP to con­tinue serv­ing the peo­ple in Pu­jut.

In Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said Barisan Na­sional (BN) was con­fi­dent of wrest­ing the Pu­jut state seat if a by-elec­tion was held.

He said if BN man­aged to wrest the seat from DAP, it would in­crease the num­ber of seats held by Sarawak BN to 73 com­pared with 72 seats won in the last state elec­tion.

“God will­ing, there will be a by-elec­tion in Pu­jut and we (BN) will get 73 out of 83 seats (in Sarawak state as­sem­bly),” he said at a meet­the-peo­ple ses­sion in Dataran Ba­gan­dang near here yes­ter­day.

In

Pas spir­i­tual leader Hashim Jasin sup­ported the Sarawak leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly’s de­ci­sion to dis­qual­ify Dr Ting.

He said any coun­try would take sim­i­lar ac­tion, and that Malaysia was no dif­fer­ent.

“Their ac­tion to dis­qual­ify Dr Ting

This is not a case in­volv­ing Dr Ting him­self or DAP but it is an as­sault on our coun­try’s demo­cratic sys­tem.

is jus­ti­fied.

“This is some­thing even other for­eign coun­tries would do,” he said.

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