Speaker’s decision not in spirit of anti-party hopping law, says group

Tindak Malaysia warns of long-term consequences of allowing the Bersatu 6 to keep their seats after they were fired from their party.

(The Vibes) – THE Dewan Rakyat speaker’s decision to allow six former Bersatu MPs to keep their seats after they were fired by their party could encourage more more violations of the anti-party hopping law, a rights group warned today.

Tindak Malaysia director Danesh Prakash Chacko said Speaker Johari Abdul should instead have followed the decision of the Kelantan assembly speaker, who had vacated the Nenggiri seat held by one of the six former Bersatu members.

“Tindak Malaysia is deeply concerned by the decision to jeopardise the spirit of the anti-party hopping law,” he said in a statement.

“Having advocated for this law for a dozen years, Tindak Malaysia expresses deep concerns about the long-term consequences of the decision.

“Tindak Malaysia and other NGOs worked together with government institutions in 2022 to enact an anti-party hopping law and Tindak Malaysia expects this law to be respected.

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