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Bung Moktar: Isn’t it ironic that ‘party-hoppers’ are debating anti-hopping law?

NewsBung Moktar: Isn't it ironic that 'party-hoppers' are debating anti-hopping law?

The anti-party hopping law has been the main topic of the Parliament session on Monday (11 April), with MPs each giving their opinions on the law.

Speaking at the Dewan Rakyat, Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said he noticed the irony that certain MPs who had previously jumped ship are now giving speeches on the constitutional amendments to pave the way for an anti-party hopping law.

“It is weird that some of the MPs giving speeches are the ones who party-hopped. Even young children are smart, asking ‘Daddy, what is party-hopping?’” he said.

Meanwhile, he also agreed with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that the anti-party hopping law should only be tabled later in a special Parliament sitting in May and that it should be settled before the next general election.

He then proposed that a bipartisan select committee be elected to scrutinise the amendment involving Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, with him as part of the committee.

However, laughter broke out among the Opposition MPs after his suggestion.

In response, Bung said, “What are you laughing at? What is so funny? Do you think you are qualified? You are not qualified.”

Following that, Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng interjected him and asked if he agreed that party-hopping should be criminalised.

“If it’s tabled by YB, I will surely support it. Because these leaders are criminals who have cheated the people and the party,” Bung replied.

Yesterday (11 April), the government tabled the Constitution (Amendment) (No.3) Bill 2022 for first reading and it seeks to introduce a new Clause 3A to amend Article 10(1) of the constitution which will allow the introduction of laws to ban party-hopping.

In the morning session, the de facto law minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the constitutional amendment involving Article 10 would not be voted on in the House.

He then said the decision to defer voting on the constitutional amendment was made following a meeting chaired between Ismail Sabri and Pakatan’s top leadership on Monday morning.

The anti-party-hopping Bill is expected to be tabled in the coming Parliament meeting that begins from 18 July to 4 August.

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