Sarawak State International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh (left) says he respects the decision by High Court over the Pujut state seat. File pix by CHE RANI CHE DIN.

KUCHING: State International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh has said he respects the decision made by the High Court today over the status of the Pujut state seat.

Wong also said he will confer with Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg and State Attorney-General Talat Mahmood Abdul Rashid to decide on the next course of action.

"I will not comment on the merits of the Court's decision, as I am not a lawyer," Wong, who is the United People's Party (UPP) president, said in a statement.

Wong was named as one of the four defendants in the originating summons filed by Dr Ting Tiong Choon on June 7 to challenge his disqualification as the Pujut state assemblyman.

The High Court earlier today restored Dr Ting's position and declared that there is no vacancy in the Pujut state seat.

Wong, however, has defended the ministerial motion moved by him that led to Dr Ting’s sacking during the state assembly sitting on May 12.

"The motion I tabled in the state assembly sitting was made in my capacity as a (state) minister and cabinet member (in the state government).

"It was not something done at my own whim," he said.

Meanwhile, Sarawak United Peoples' Party (SUPP) president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said his party will continue servicing constituents in Pujut via its five branches in Miri.

He said party workers are always reminded to work hard regardless of whether there is an election or not.

When asked if an emergency meeting will be called by Sarawak Barisan Nasional leaders over the Pujut development, Dr Sim said he was unaware of it.

"(A) meeting was cancelled yesterday. I hadn’t heard of anything new today," he said.

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