Anti-hopping law expected to be enforced by mid-September

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Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. — Photo Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR (August 9): Constitutional amendments to ban MPs from switching parties are expected to be implemented by mid-September at the latest, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has said.

The Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) said the expectation was in line with the timetable set for the filing and approval of the constitution amendment bill, which requires Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s consent. Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin. Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

“I am very confident that Her Majesty is sensitive to this bill, and if my reading is correct, no later than mid-September (when it comes into force).

“Of course, we hope (it will be implemented before the 15th general election). I cannot predict, but once we have sent to Istana, we must give Her Majesty time to study the bill before giving her consent,” he told a conference of press in Parliament today.

He said this when asked about the timeline for the bill to become law and whether it could be implemented before GE15 is held.

Previously, the Dewan Negara had passed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill (No. 3) on the anti-party jump by the deputies with a majority of more than two-thirds, after winning the support of 52 of the 60 senators. in two rounds of block voting.

Wan Junaidi said that after being passed, the bill will now go through the king’s assent process in accordance with Article 66 of the Federal Constitution before it can be enacted and implemented.

Wan Junaidi also said Malaysia’s proposal to allow recall elections to be held to prevent elected representatives from switching parties needed further study.

The government will hold engagement sessions with stakeholders such as political parties, non-governmental organizations and civil society to discuss the proposal, he said.

He said the issue should be considered carefully as countries that have held recall elections have also faced their own problems in implementing it. — Bernama






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