A case for anti-hopping law

Lim Chee Han

An anti-hopping law upholds legitimate representation, in line with the spirit of democracy. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 29, 2020.

POLITICAL crossovers, or more commonly called party-hopping, has brought instability to this country. The problem, already chronic, intensified after the 14th general election.

Before the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government, party-hopping mostly benefited the ruling pact, especially its component Bersatu. This was followed suit by Perikatan Nasional. Besides Putrajaya, four states – Johor, Malacca, Perak and Kedah – were the casualties of defections. Recently, two Sabah assemblymen switched allegiance to PN, and rumours of further party-hopping continue to appear in the headlines.

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