Party hopping has become common practice in the Malaysian political system. Election seasons are notorious for rumours of MPs being offered positions in government, millions of ringgit, and more, to switch political allegiances. These corrupt practices are endemic and must be curbed.
While an MP does have the freedom to associate, the often underhanded ways in which this occurs leaves voters feeling betrayed and risks eroding the trust of the public in the election process. It reached its head in 2020 when several political betrayals caused the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan federal government.
A party hopping law must be introduced which includes mechanisms that allow for an MP to switch parties while also preserving the integrity of the electoral process. This may include a process for new elections when such changes happen. In any case, the main goal must be to increase transparency and curb the corrupt practices used to buy over MPs.
May 14, 2022 The Parliamentary Special Select Committee set up to make recommendations on an amendment to the Constitution regarding the prohibition on members of the Dewan Rakyat from changing political parties, has reached a consensus on almost all policy matters on the drafting of the Anti-Party Hopping Bill. Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Law […]
May 13, 2022 Law minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar says sufficient consensus has been reached on policy matters relating to anti-hopping to draft a bill. After chairing the fourth meeting of the parliamentary select committee (PSC) yesterday, Wan Junaidi said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) could move forward in drafting the bill. “Almost all policy-level decisions […]
May 13, 2022 Pengerang Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has described the formulation of the anti-party hopping law as a progressive approach for Malaysia in facing the 15th General Election (GE15). She said the effort to draft the Anti-Party Hopping Bill was a positive move made by the government led by Prime […]
Mei 12, 2022 Pas kekal dengan pendirian menyokong Rang Undang-undang (RUU) Anti Lompat Parti, kata Naib Presidennya Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah. Beliau berkata sebelum ini juga, Kelantan di bawah pentadbiran Pas telah meluluskan enakmen anti lompat parti di negeri itu, tetapi dibatalkan oleh Mahkamah Agung. “Secara dasarnya kita bersetuju dengan RUU ini cuma dari […]
May 9, 2022 Political financing must be regulated to address the root cause of party-hopping, says a think tank. Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) CEO Tricia Yeoh said that as long as political financing remained unregulated, the highly anticipated anti-hopping law would only be “treating the symptoms and not the cause” of party […]
May 9, 2022 The drafting of the anti-hopping laws must be split into two stages by first dealing with “clear-cut” party hopping activity to save time, DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo said today. “Do it in two stages. First (enact the law) on ‘clear-cut’ party hopping, then later (look at) the recall election procedures,” […]
May 4, 2022 Law minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar hopes that the anti-party hopping bill can be tabled and adopted before the 15th general election (GE15). However, he said it was up to Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob whether to table the bill at the July sitting of the Dewan Rakyat or earlier at a […]
April 24, 2022 De facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said he is satisfied with the cooperation by opposition members and legal experts in the ongoing dialogue to draft the Anti-Party Hopping Bill. “You see, we interacted with many Members of Parliament (MPs) and there were a lot of ideas. But at […]
April 21, 2022 Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar is optimistic that the parliamentary special select committee on the anti-hopping law, can prepare a statement containing the proposal for the relevant bill within a month. Wan Junaidi said this was because the committee members are legal experts, however, […]
April 20, 2022 Discussions and findings that were presented to the parliamentary select committee (PSC) are protected under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), says Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said the PSC on the anti party-hopping Bill met for the first time on April 15 and they […]