Anti-hopping bill deferment stems from Bersatu resistance, say MPs

PAS also on the fence, govt struggles to garner support among its own components

(The Vibes) – The government’s plan to table the anti-party hopping bill this Monday was supposedly hampered by, among others, its failure to garner the support of its own components.

Chiefly, it is understood the strongest resistance is coming from Bersatu, while PAS is also said to be on the fence – both are part of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.

Several lawmakers from both sides spoke to The Vibes and said they are aware of the opposition to the bill from within the government.

Sources also claimed that Bersatu’s view on the matter was brought up in yesterday’s cabinet meeting.

This might be among the considerations given as to why the government decided to postpone the tabling of the bill, with law minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar saying further studies will be conducted on what defines “party-hopping”.

PN ministers and deputy ministers, when contacted, neither confirmed nor denied suggestions that their parties are holding back support for the bill.

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