Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

KUCHING: The country’s laws must be respected to ensure that there is socio-political order, said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women chief Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

She said this when commenting on Democratic Action Party’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon disqualification as Pujut assemblyman yesterday.

“The Federal Court made a decision –- seven to two — a majority decision,” she said.

She said this to reporters after officiating at a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony and briefing on Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) at Waterfront Hotel here, yesterday.

“The verdict has been made, so that’s it. It is a lesson to us all that we have to respect the law,” she said.

Fatimah, who is also Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister, said that the court process and decision were very clear.

The decision was against Dr Ting for his past Australian citizenship which he renounced in order to contest in Pujut constituency.

When the case came up in 2017, the Kuching High Court ruled against the state legislature’s decision to dismiss Dr Ting. It was then brought before the Court of Appeal where the appeal was dismissed.