Hopping to another political party is not illegal – Minister

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin Pic Yahoo Singapore
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin – Pic (Yahoo Singapore)

KUALA LUMPUR April 2 –Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin urged Ahmad Fadhli Shaari of PAS to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision that says hopping from one political party to another  is in line with freedom of association as stipulated in the Federal Constitution.   

Mohamed Hanipa said, Article 10 (c) of the Federal Constitution says that all citizens have the right to form association.

Mohamed Hanipa was answering to the additional question raised by Ahmad Fadhli, Member of Parliament for Pasir Mas who suggested that anti-hopping law should be made to stabilise the local political situation and this issue has been voiced out by many politicians recently.

Ahmad Fadhli’s question was relating to some Members of Parliament (MP) especially from Barisan Nasional particularly UMNO hopped into BERSATU recently and this act had caused resentment amongst politicians in Pakatan Harapan coalition.    

“The court cannot decide if there is no case on anti-hopping being filed and mentioned.  If the Supreme  Court’s decision is to be challenged then Ahmad Fadhli should think carefully and find ways to take the case (anti-hopping) to the court.

“The court cannot decide in a vacuum,” he said in the Minister’s Questions and Answers session in Parliament today.

Earlier Mohamed Hanipa told Parliament that if “anti-hopping” is enforced then it will not synchronise with Article 48 of Federal Constitution –Disqualification of Membership of Parliament.

The same issue had been debated in Parliament on Article 48(6) on 14th March 1990 and on this Mohamed Hanipa said if the MP were to stand for election again to prove his/her popularity, then the people and the government will not benefit anything at the end of the day.

The deputy minister was answering to the question raised by Kota Kinabalu MP, Chan Foong Hin on anti-hopping and whether the act will disqualify the MP concerned.

Mohamed Hanipa also said that the public is free to express their opinions and give suggestions on issues relating to Members of Parliament hopping from one political party to another if they regard it as an act of deception.

He added, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is open and willing to accept any opinion on this subject but whether it can be accepted or otherwise is another matter.-Malaysia World News


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