No special Parliament meeting for Anti-Party Hopping Bill, says minister

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by BERNAMA

THE government has decided not to hold a special Parliament meeting to discuss the Anti-Party Hopping Bill as this would cost RM1,077,600.

According to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, the amount is an estimated cost that the government would incur — excluding operating costs — if such a meeting was held.

Another factor taken into consideration is the fact that several MPs are on official overseas trips until mid-July.

These include the Finance and Economic Select Committee and the Security Select Committee.

Wan Junaidi further informed that the Constitution (Amendment) Bill (No 3) 2022 related to the provision prohibiting members of the Dewan Rakyat from switching parties will be debated and tabled at the Second Meeting of the Fifth Term of the 14th Parliament 2022, starting on July 18, 2022.

“The tabling of this Bill according to the calendar of the upcoming Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara sessions will give sufficient time for the Bill to be studied by the MPs before it is debated. This cannot be done if a special meeting is held,” he said in a statement today.

Additionally, he said if a special meeting is held, it can only be held in mid-July 2022, given the absence of many MPs before then.

The final meeting of the Select Committee considering the Constitution (Amendment) Bill (No 3) 2022 will take place soon to confirm the statement which has been prepared.