State exco and assemblymen to pore over anti-hop law

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang executive council along with state assemblymen are scheduled to discuss the proposed anti-hopping Bill today.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the matter was “informally discussed” among state exco members and PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who supported the Bill, over the long Hari Raya break.

“The media will be invited to the briefing and discussion on the constitutional amendments to ban party-hopping for personal agenda.

“I know our proposal has drawn criticism from Barisan Nasional leaders and it’s like they are afraid of the Bill to prevent political frogs from breeding on a wide scale,” he told a press conference at his office in Komtar yesterday.

Lim said the reaction showed that Barisan leaders did not want politics with morals, honour and ethics, and that this was a breach of public trust.

When asked if any Pakatan leaders would object to it, he said: “We’ll see but in Penang, I think (there’s) no problem.”

Lim said only Parti Bersatu Sabah president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan from Barisan had shown support to the Bill as Sabah was once a victim of political frogs, along with Perak.

It was reported that three Barisan leaders from Sabah, Datuk Lajim Ukin, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing and Senator Datuk Maijol Mahap quit late last month to become friendly to the Opposition.

As for Perak, assemblymen Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang), Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (Changkat Jering) quit DAP and PKR to become independents aligned to Barisan in 2009.

Before the three defections, Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim from Umno defected to PKR in February 2009 but went back to Umno the same month.

Anwar had also tried to lure 30 Barisan MPs to cross over to Pakatan on Sept 16, 2008, to take over Putrajaya but failed when only a few “hopped” over to Pakatan.

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