Aspirasi president: Lawmakers banned from party-hopping, but political parties can switch coalitions?

Lina Soo (file photo)

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KUCHING, July 29: Why is the action of a political party leaving a coalition to join another not deemed as hopping?

This question was brought forth by Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) president Lina Soo who was puzzled as to why the newly-passed anti-party hopping bill does not consider a political party changing coalitions as ‘hopping’.

“What is the difference between one or a group of lawmakers who hop and the whole party that hops?

“Meaning, a lawmaker cannot hop from party to party, but a party can hop from one coalition to another?

“Is this also not destabilising politics and with higher stakes?” she asked in a statement today.

Soo said, however, that she is all for the passing of the anti-party hopping bill in Dewan Rakyat yesterday (July 28), though it is long overdue.

She said the law, when gazetted, will reduce political corruption where lawmakers hop between parties for their own financial gains. — DayakDaily