Recall Bill Azalina Othman Said anti-party hopping recall election
Azalina Othman Said

KUALA LUMPUR – The Penggerang Member of Parliament (MP), Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has motioned to table a Recall Bill to prevent party hopping among MPs who have been given the mandate by the people.

With this act, the voters can withdraw the mandate given to their representatives.

She intends to send the notice for the motion to the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat, Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun under Private Members Bill based on Standing Orders 49(1).

“I hope that the motion will be the starting point to introduce recall elections during the September 2021 Parliamentary sitting,” she said in a statement today.

According to her, the proposal is made after many people have been questioning about voting when the elected reps can betray the mandate of the people after an election.

“After achieving independence for 64 years, there is a widespread syndrome where the people’s representatives not only betray their political parties who nominated them, but also the grassroots who went all out to rake votes for them from door to door. They especially betray the people who voted for them based on their confidence on the party they represented and the manifesto they brought.

“Leaders in my generation should accept competition among political parties as something positive that will benefit the people. This competition is based on appropriate Rules of the Game and not murderous political party factions.

“Political competitions should be clean – not through destruction, oppression, filled with hatred or chaos. For the advancement of the country, the political leaders of my generation and the younger generation must be brave enough to work together in making politics a professional and respected career choice, not something that is cursed or despised,” she said.

Therefore, the rights to either elect a new representative or to maintain that representative should be returned to the people.

Besides that, Azalina also said that she also intends to propose the establishment of a ‘Caucus on Parliamentary Reform and Multi-Party Democracy’ among interested MPs to strengthen the Parliament institution and to dignity the Parliamentary Democracy in Malaysia. –MalaysiaGazette

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