KUALA LUMPUR – Opposition Chief, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim thanked Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob for honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the government and Pakatan Harapan (PH) through the Anti-Party Hopping Act efforts.
Anwar said, through the special Parliament sitting today to table and debate the Constitution (Amendment)(No.3) 2002 Bill, the MoU has reached a comfortable stage.
“Thanks to the Prime Minister and Minister for accepting and respecting the spirit we sealed in the MoU between the PM, government and PH.
“This is agreed by PH and Government, we have reached a comfortable level as this issue has attracted the interests of the people. It respects the mandate of the people and reject any form of betrayal to the mandate of the people.
“I wish to thank the YB Minister for bringing up this matter clearly,” he said during the Dewan Rakyat debate today.
The tabling and debate today involved the amendment to the source of power under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, which grants the right to amend new act to stop Members of Dewan Rakyat from changing party.
However, the Constitution (Amendment) on the Anti-party Hopping Bill that was scheduled to be tabled, debated and passed today has been postponed to another special Parliament sitting.
Anwar hoped that the Prime Minister would agree to table the amendment of Constitution (Amendment)(No 3) 2002 Bill together with the Anti-Party Hopping Bill.
“So that we know, this amendment is specifically to amend or set new law, so that the members could be clear that with this amendment, we can translate it into the anti-party hopping law. We agreed to this in spirit,” he said.
65 Members of Parliament were involved in the debate of the Constitution (Amendment)(No 3) 2002 Bill today. The Speaker of Dewan Rakyat, Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun gave eight minutes of debate time to the chiefs of party and five minutes to ordinary MPs.
Minister at Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar will round-up the debate at 5.00 pm. -MalaysiaGazette