Parliament to debate Anti-Party Hopping Bill at month’s end

Engagement sessions for the Bill with the govt and Opposition MPs will be held before the debate session

by NURUL SUHAIDI / TMRpic

THE debate for the Anti-Party Hopping Bill will take place on July 27 and July 28, subject to the discretion of Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Law Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said.

Wan Junaidi said the refined bill will be laid on the MPs’ table at the upcoming parliamentary sitting which begins on July 18 until Aug 4.

“Several ministers have raised questions through the Cabinet meeting on June 1 and the Parliamentary Special Select Committee (PSSC) on the Anti-Hopping Law has answered those questions at the Cabinet meeting today,” Wan Junaidi said in a statement today.

“The timeline of the Federal Constitution (Amendment) Bill (No 3) also proposed the engagement sessions of the legal affairs division of the Prime Minister’s Department and the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) with government MPs on July 25, while engagement sessions with Opposition MPs will be held on July 26,” he added.

“The timeline also proposed an engagement session with Dewan Negara members on Aug 8, the first reading on Aug 9 and second reading on Aug 10,” the minister added.

He added further that after receiving approval from both Houses, the amendment will be presented to the King under Article 66 of the Federal Constitution between Aug 11 and 26 to be consented to.

“The Bill is then expected to be gazetted between Aug 29 and Sept 2,” he said further.

Last month, Wan Junaidi said the PSSC has completed its study of the Bill draft which they will recommend to be tabled before the Dewan Rakyat in July.

The Cabinet had raised five policy questions regarding the Bill on June 1, which were responded to by the PSSC on June 7.

The Bill aims to prohibit MPs from changing parties once they have been elected into Parliament to ensure that the democratic process is not abused.