BANGI: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman has criticised DAP for thinking it is “above rules and regulations”.
She was commenting on the disqualification of Sarawak DAP’s Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon from the state legislative assembly over allegations that he holds Australian citizenship.
Azalina said it was unimaginable how DAP could allow Ting to contest in the first place.
“In the form you are given before you contest, it is clearly stated that you can’t hold more than one citizenship. So how can the DAP allow this person to contest?” she asked at a press conference at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) here today.
“This is the problem with the DAP. They think they’re above rules and regulations and they make a big noise when reprimanding others.”
She said if the facts of the case were correct, then she fully supported the decision of the state speaker to disqualify Ting.
“I want to remind all MPs, ministers, assemblymen and excos that you are not allowed to hold dual citizenship.
“The Federal Constitution states that you have to be a Malaysian citizen. It does not say you can be a Malaysian citizen and a citizen of another country.”
She also questioned why a representative would need dual citizenship.
“I can understand if you’re a businessman and you need it for business purposes but a representative should be Malaysian, that’s it.”