Draft for Anti-Party Hopping Bill finalised

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE Parliamentary Special Select Committee (PSSC) has completed its study of the Anti-Party Hopping Bill draft which they will recommend to be tabled before the Dewan Rakyat in July.

According to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s (PM) Office (Parliament and Law) and chairman of the PSSC Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (picture), the Cabinet had raised five policy questions regarding the bill on June 1, which were responded to by the PSSC on June 7.

“This achievement is the result of a joint commitment by all committee members with the strong support of the Parliament, the Legal Affairs Division, the PM’s Department and the Attorney General’s Chambers,” he said, adding that the final meeting regarding the bill will take place soon to confirm the statement of the PSSC.

The bill aims to prohibit Dewan Rakyat members from changing parties once they have been elected into Parliament, to ensure that the democratic process is not abused.

On May 26, Wan Junaidi assured that members that are sacked by their parties will not lose their seats, saying that it would only involve MPs who voluntarily quit their party to join another one or become independent.

It would also affect MPs who won their seats as independents during the elections but joined a party afterwards. In these cases, the MP’s seat would be automatically vacated.