Ahmad Zahid Hamidi UMNO Anti-Party Hopping Bill law Cabinet PM Ismail Sabri
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

KUALA LUMPUR – The President of UMNO, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi questioned the Cabinet for deferring the tabling of Anti-Party Hopping Bill at the Dewan Rakyat next Monday (11 April).

According to him, the deferment showed that the government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is not serious and strict and is lack of political determination to turn the anti-party hopping law into reality.

“The anti-hopping law will take a long time. It faces the risk of deferment for many times. The lateness shows as if there is not seriousness or strictness and even lack of political determination to amend, debate and pass the bill.

“This would definitely disappoint Malaysians who have been waiting for this law to be implemented immediately as the mandate of the people in choosing their leaders during the election were seized when they hop party,” he said in a statement today.

Earlier today, the media reported that the Cabinet did not agree to the tabling of the Anti-Party Hopping Bill that is scheduled to be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat on 11 April.

The Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that the Bill has been sent back for further studies on the definition of party-hopping.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Zahid said that UMNO would be the worst affected party if the Bill is not tabled immediately.

He said, its Members of Parliament (MP) shifted their support after Barisan Nasional (BN) lost the 14th General Election (GE14).

“Some of them, despite remaining in BN, started to sound like the political enemies of UMNO by hoping to cooperate with their allies who hopped party.

“I have stated that the understanding between the existing government of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and PH needs to be revised as there is a lack of strictness in accelerating the tabling and passing of this law,” Ahmad Zahid added.

On Tuesday (5 April), Ismail Sabri gave his guarantee to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) that the government will table the Anti-Party Hopping Bill next Monday. Ismail Sabri made that promise during a meeting with the PH Presidency Council where, the PH gave its commitment to support the Bill. -MalaysiaGazette

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