DAP to challenge Sarawak assembly’s action against its rep

Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen (left) and Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei (right) after the state DAP committee meeting.

KUCHING: Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei is set to file a judicial review against his referral to the Sarawak Committee of Privileges for his remarks made at the last legislative assembly meeting, Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said today.

“The state DAP committee has resolved that we should go to the courts to challenge the legality of the Privileges Committee in conducting the inquiry,” Chong told reporters after chairing the state DAP committee meeting here.

Chong said the decision was made at today’s state DAP committee meeting which felt the Privileges Committee had “sat unlawfully” against Wong.

Wong may be suspended from the state assembly sitting if found guilty by the Privileges Committee.

“Therefore, this whole proceeding of the inquiry is null and void.

“The state assembly speaker had also acted outside his powers and unfairly by referring Wong to the Privileges Committee,” said the state Pakatan Harapan chairman.

The Privileges Committee held its inquiry on Feb 18 over Wong’s remarks which were deemed offensive, acrimonious and vitriolic against the Sarawak legislative assembly, the executive and its speaker, Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar.

Wong allegedly challenged Asfia’s impartiality during the state legislative assembly proceedings on Nov 12 last year.

Chong also said Asfia is one of the respondents in the judicial review case and Sarawak DAP adviser Chong Siew Chiang would be leading Wong’s legal team.

The judicial review application has to be filed within 40 days from the date of the inquiry by the Privileges Committee.