Masing concurs with PM on anti-party hopping law proposal


KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said that he agreed with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s proposal on tabling an anti-party hopping law in Parliament.

“Anti-party hopping law is the only way to prevent our elected representatives from betraying the trust of their voters.

“I have enough of seeing or reading our YBs (elected representatives) being treated like meat in the open market. Our YBs are more honourable than that,” Masing told New Sarawak Tribune on Saturday (Aug 14).

In order for that to be realised, the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president said, there is a need to amend the Federal Constitution (FC) on freedom of association first.

“The state government has tabled the party hopping law in the 1990s, but it was rejected because it goes against freedom of association,” he said.

On the prime minister’s proposal to set a two-term limit for the prime minister’s post, he said it requires further discussion.

Muhyiddin on Friday proposed a framework of cross-party cooperation which will be implemented by the government if the vote of confidence motion is passed.

The seven-point proposal, amongst others, is to amend the constitution to limit premiership tenure to two terms as well as tabling the bill on anti-hopping laws.

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