Parliament Malaysia Dewan Rakyat sitting Anti-Party Hopping Bill Law Federal Constitution amendment

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – The Special Parliament Sitting on Constitution (Amendment)(No.3) Bill 2002 on the Anti-Party Hopping Act will commence at 10.00 am today.

The one-day Dewan Rakyat sitting will take place today, followed by the Senate tomorrow.

MalaysiaGazette was told that the sitting would only involve the source of power under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, which gives the right to amend new act to stop Members of Dewan Rakyat from changing party.

However, the debate and voting session for the Act would only be held in the July sitting.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was briefed about the Constitution Bill at Putrajaya by Attorney-General, Tan Sri Idrus Harun. The latter also answered several questions raised by the members of the Upper and Lower House.

Ismail Sabri also explained that the Cabinet Ministers stated the need to amend Article 10 of the Federal Constitution to pave way for an act to stop party-hopping from being amended. Further details on the policies related to the prohibition on party-hopping would be explained in the act as the Federal Constitution does not provide such details.

He had a discussion with the Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Idrus over the matter and they agreed to set up a Special Bi-partisan Committee to focus on the Anti-Party Hopping Act.

He added, the committee will consist of all stakeholders including academicians, representatives from the opposition and government to study and determine the policies and best providence for the act.

According to the Prime Minister the Bill is expected to be tabled during the Second Meeting of the 14th Parliament 2022 this July. -MalaysiaGazette

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