Party-hopping not an offence, says MACC chief

Kalidevi Mogan Kumarappa

MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki says politicians are free to switch parties as there are no laws stopping them from doing so. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, May 4, 2021.

POLITICIANS who have jumped parties have not committed any offence unless money changed hands, said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Azam Baki.

Azam said leaders and politicians are free to jump parties according to their stand as there are no laws prohibiting them from doing so.

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  • And by the way, I don't intend to investigate whether money changed hands.
    There might be inconvenient truths unearthed.

    Posted 1 week ago by Arul Inthirarajah

  • Party hopping may not be an offence. But using corrupt means and threats to get politicians to hop are certainly criminal acts. Azam Baki shouldnt buat bodoh.

    Posted 1 week ago by Rupert Lum

  • MACC chief misses the wood for the trees. Its not the hopping that is the issue but whether they received gratification for doing so. That would be corruption

    Posted 1 week ago by Michael Raj