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KUCHING, July 31: Sarawak will table the same anti-party hopping bill in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) if needed in the future, says Datuk Snowdan Lawan.
Snowdan, who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth chief, said this is to complement and align the State with the Federal doings.
“Moreover, we also foresee the need and necessity of doing the same to safeguard the continuity of stability in years to come, especially the tendency of switching parties by elected DUN members.
“This is a threat that can put our stability at stake,” he said in a statement today.
Snowdan was responding to reports pushing for Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who is also from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), to table the same anti-party hopping bill in the Sarawak DUN.
Snowdan opined that with this law enacted, this moral offence of wavering and loose political allegiance, breaching the peoples’ trust and mandate by switching parties, is kept at bay.
“It is only with stability that we can prosper. With a conducive political environment, economically, we will be able to attract foreign direct investments (FDIs) into the State, which in turn will create job and employment opportunities,” he said.
He added Sarawak would pick an appropriate time to table the anti-party hopping bill in the State DUN.
He pointed out that the whole idea which necessitates the tabling of the Bill is to ensure political stability in the country, especially when it comes to forming a government at the Federal or State level.
“The 15th General Election (GE15) is around the corner, which warrants the Bill to be enacted sooner.
“Presumably, the next government formed after GE15 will be stable with no switching of parties by MPs,” he said. — DayakDaily