Sarawak stands firm on party hopping

PBB deputy youth chief Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman

KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) has reminded Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen that Sarawak has maintained its stand on party hopping.

“While I support any suggestion to further strengthen our democracy as well as respecting the rights of the voters, I must remind the Stampin MP that Sarawak maintains its stand on party hopping,” said PBB deputy youth chief Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman in a statement on Saturday (Jan 22).

He said this in response to a call by Chong for the state government to enact an anti-party hopping law to preserve the sanctity of democracy in Sarawak.

“We reject any move to circumvent the wishes of the people and undermine the wishes of the voters in Sarawak.

“We cannot deny that party hopping is the culprit to the current state of political instability in the country,” said Fazzrudin, who is also Tupong assemblyman.

He noted that in realising this, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg had reiterated that it would not accept political frogs in the state government.

He pointed out that this had been mentioned on the back of GPS’ landslide victory in the recently concluded state election as well as being the first point in the coalition’s manifesto – to assure the stability and political autonomy of Sarawak.

“However, having said that, we should direct our focus to enact laws that are people-centric, covering aspects of the people’s welfare.

“After the state election, we should deliver for the people, introducing policies and approaches that will directly benefit them. Enough about politics, we should start working for the people,” emphasised Fazzrudin.

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