Malaysia: Minister explains 3 main criteria of party-hopping in new bill to Senate

  • Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar clarified to the Senate the three main criteria, as contained in the administrative draft of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, that define party hopping by a member of Parliament.
  • Wan Junaidi said the first criteria is when an MP announces that he or she is leaving the political party he or she contested for in an election to be an independent member or join another political party.
  • The second is when an MP is expelled from the political party. This is for the purpose of ensuring that MPs abide by the constitution, as well as the party rules and regulations.
  • “The party that sacked the member of Parliament concerned will face the risk of losing the seat and an election will have to be held again,” he said in response to a question from Senator John Ambrose.
  • Ambrose wanted to know the action taken and plans that had been drawn up for the implementation of the anti-hopping law.
  • Wan Junaidi said the anti-hopping law would also be applicable to independent MPs who intend to join any political party after their victory.

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