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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, July 29: Sarawak Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah has commended Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar for the passing of the anti-party hopping bill in Parliament.
“Wan Junaidi had worked very hard to get overall resounding support for the Bill in ensuring that it is tabled during this Dewan Rakyat sitting (before the election) gets more than a two-thirds majority.
“Wan Junaidi deserves a standing ovation for the outstanding job well done.
“The Bill will pave the way for a stable federal government which Malaysia needs to move out of the various crises it faces now and move forward to a glorious Malaysia which we can be proud of,” she said in a statement today.
Yesterday (July 28), the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill (No 3) 2022 on Provisions Preventing Members of Parliament from Switching Parties or commonly called the “anti-party hopping bill”, was passed in Parliament.
During the course of the debate on the Bill, MPs from both sides of political divides congratulated Wan Junaidi for his hard work in getting the job done.
On Sept 23, 2021, just a month after Wan Junaidi assumed office as the de facto Law Minister in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government administration, he told the Dewan Rakyat that his ministry had asked the Attorney General to draft the anti-party hopping law.
In another special Dewan Rakyat sitting on April 11, 2022, Wan Junaidi tabled a motion to form a special parliamentary select committee to draft an anti-party hopping bill.
The 11-member select committee led by Wan Junaidi comprises Dato Sri Azalina Othman Said (BN-Pengerang), Dato Seri Nazri Aziz (BN-Padang Rengas), Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau (Upko-Tuaran), Lukanisman Awang Sauni (GPS-Sibuti), Hanipa Maidin (PH-Sepang), Gobind Singh Deo (PH-Puchong), Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PH-Kulim Bandar Baharu), Datuk Darell Leiking (Warisan-Penampang), Home Minister Dato Seri Hamzah Zainudin and Energy and Natural Resources Minister Takiyuddin Hassan. — DayakDaily