Govt studying laws related to anti-hopping, Dewan Negara told

Govt studying laws related to anti-hopping, Dewan Negara told
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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 18): The government is studying laws being used at the state level and court cases in several states involving the implementation of laws related to party-hopping.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the government is also looking into the models of anti-hopping laws in several countries, such as India, Singapore, New Zealand and the UK.

“The findings of the study will be discussed through a bipartisan engagement session,” he said in the question-and-answer session in the Dewan Negara here on Monday.

He was responding to a question from Senator N Balasubramaniam who wanted to know the government’s readiness to introduce an anti-hopping law.

Wan Junaidi said the government is committed to ensuring that the anti-party hopping law to be enacted would protect the rights of the people who vote and put their trust in politicians during elections.

“The government will also ensure that comprehensive engagement sessions are held with stakeholders, non-governmental organisations, Members of Parliament from the government and the opposition and the public to ensure the new Bill receives support from all parties,” he said.

Responding to a supplementary question from Senator Datuk A Kesavadas on engagement sessions with foreign legal experts to draft the anti-hopping law, Wan Junandi said there is no necessity to do so as the country has sufficient expertise on the matter.

“However, we use the legal models of other countries, so that we can study their weaknesses and strengths, as well as evaluate from our own constitutional point of view and the needs of our people,” he added.

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