We’d be a laughing stock if ‘frogging’ is kept unchecked

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: A law reform is needed to maintain the dignity of the Malaysian Parliament and the lawmakers, opined Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He welcomed the federal government’s proposal to table the anti-hopping law to ensure confidence and good governance in Malaysia.

“In the last few years since the 14th general election (GE14), we can see the trend of MPs jumping from one party to the next has been quite rampant.

“This is creating some sort of culture… while it is acceptable to them. It is sickening and a betrayal to their voters,” he said when contacted on Sunday (Oct 3).

Abdul Karim said being lawmakers, they were expected to display a high level of integrity.

“If this culture is allowed to flourish, the Malaysian Parliament and lawmakers will be the world’s laughing stock. Laws must be formulated to stop this decaying trend.

“Those who are known to ‘jump’ because of monetary consideration must be punished and not allowed to ever stand for election again,” he said.

Recently, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said an anti-hopping law was required to enhance political stability, public confidence in the democratic process.

“Some countries like India, Singapore and the United Kingdom have the anti-hopping or anti-defector law or amendments to the related laws including the constitution that provides for expulsion or vacation of seats of the hoppers.

“In Malaysia, we need proper and adequate engagement on what is actually required for our country. This, I must say is not an easy task as politicians and political parties all have their own views and opinions on this matter,” Wan Junaidi said.