Anti-Party Hopping Bill a ‘democratic overhaul’

Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman

KUCHING: The proposed tabling of an Anti-Party Hopping Bill in Parliament will be an overhaul to the nation’s democratic system.

Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman said it would restore order where a government was chosen by the people.

“I welcome this offer as it is capable of overhauling the democratic system of the country.

“With this particular reform, it will restore the voice of the people in determining the government,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Sept 11).

Fazzrudin who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy youth chief said the various changes in government which stemmed from party hopping had been detrimental to the nation.

“In the three years after the 14th general election (GE14), we have seen many changes in government that have been influenced by party hopping at the Parliament as well as State Legislative Assembly (DUN).

“This should end because it contributes to the political instability of the country which disrupts the long-term planning of a government and also the work to serve those on the ground,” he said.

He said with this Bill, it would be able to help the government to continue to contribute to the community without having to worry about political unrest that could cause a government to collapse.

Various quarters have called for the government to enact an Anti-Party Hopping law amid the political uncertainty that marred the nation due to the work of party jumpers which contributed to numerous changes in government.

Another proposal to counter the issue was to introduce a Recall Bill, by which MPs will be held accountable for party hopping. A recall election is a by-election that is called in a constituency in the event that an elected MP seeks to switch parties after an election.

Former Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, who suggested this, said she would submit a notice of a motion to the Dewan Rakyat speaker under a Private Member’s Bill to propose for the new law.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Friday (Sept 10), proposed the tabling of an Anti-Party Hopping Bill in Parliament along with six other institutional reforms as he reaches out to opposition MPs for support during the Parliament session this month.