April 11 for tabling of Anti-Party Hopping Bill

Wan Junaidi says MoU between the govt and PH remains intact, despite Sosma Bill rejected in Parliament

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THE Anti-Party Hopping Bill will be tabled at a special Parliament session on April 11, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s (PM) Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (picture) in his speech at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

“I had the opportunity to discuss this with the PM and we have agreed to hold a meeting on April 11 for us to debate on the Anti-Party Hopping Bill,” he said when winding up the debate on the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

On Wednesday, DAP secretary general Anthony Loke said that PM Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had given his commitment that the bill to amend the Federal Constitution to prevent party hopping will be tabled in a special session during the month of Ramadhan.

“The main agenda of the meeting was on the status of the tabling of the Constitutional Amendment Bill to prevent party hopping among elected representatives,” said Loke in a statement.

The amendment is one of the main conditions in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the federal government and Pakatan Harapan leaders signed in September last year.

Wan Junaidi said the PM has also given (PH) the assurance that the special parliamentary sitting can be held over two days.

“There’s no need to worry as the PM has assured that we will table this bill and will leave it to the MPs decide for themselves,” he explained.

Meanwhile, on the MoU between the government and PH, the minister said it remains intact despite a particular motion not passed in the Lower House.

“I am of the view that in relation to item 4.1 of this MoU, it will not expire automatically if a motion is passed,” Wan Junaidi said.

Loke also expressed a similar view, saying that rejection of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) Bill does not mean that the PM is losing support or that the MoU is void.

“The Sosma issue was not negotiated with us. We do not agree with the proposal (continued by Sosma). However, does it mean that Bera MP (Ismail Sabri) has lost the support, the answer is no,” he said in Dewan Rakyat.

He said anyone who wants to dispute this should table the motion of confidence in the Parliament, but stated that PH will be neutral over the matter.