Anti-hopping law to be tabled Feb 28, bipartisan technical committee formed to draft Bill

Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

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KUCHING, Jan 20: Malaysia’s proposed anti-hopping law is expected to be tabled in Parliament’s first sitting this year which is due to start on Feb 28.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the decision was made during the Political Transformation and Stability steering committee meeting between the government and Pakatan Harapan (PH) held yesterday (Jan 19).

He said bringing forward the tabling which was supposed to take place in the July Parliament session is in line with Prime Minister Dato Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s recommendation to expedite the Bill.

“It was decided in the meeting yesterday that the Anti-Party Hopping Bill will be finalised and tabled at the first meeting of the fifth term of the 14th Parliament sitting of 2022 which will commence Feb 28,” he said.

Dr Wan Junaidi also said a bipartisan technical committee was set up to get the views of all parties under the Political Transformation and Stability steering committee which comprises four representatives each from the government and PH.

“The technical committee will meet next week to draft and formulate policy matters and the proposed legal framework next week,” he said in a statement today.

The agreement reached, he added, also signals the commitment of both parties to ensure matters agreed to in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Political Transformation and Stability signed between the federal government and PH on Sept 13, 2021 are implemented as stipulated. — Dayakdaily