Legal panel to assist ‘anti-hop’ task force

GEORGE TOWN: A special task force and a legal panel have been set up to study the state’s proposed anti-hopping law.

The five-member task force will be headed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng while the legal body, with four members and headed by DAP chairman Karpal Singh, will advise the task force on legal points.

Lim said both would be responsible to lay the groundwork for a smooth passage of the law.

He said the task force comprised Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mansor Othman, Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, Tanjong MP Chow Kon Yeow and state legal advisor Datuk Faiza Zulkifli.

Members of the legal panel are Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo, PAS central working committee member Hanipa Maidin and Balik Pulau MP Yusmadi Yusoff, with legal officer Andrew Yong in charge of the secretariat.

Speaking to reporters after a discussion on proposed constitutional amendments earlier in Komtar here yesterday, he hoped that amendments to the state Constitution for the Bill could be passed during the November sitting of the state assembly.

“All Pakatan component parties have agreed to the proposed anti-hopping Bill.

“None of the assemblymen from Barisan Nasional turned up for the briefing and discussion on the constitutional amendments today although invitations were sent out to them.

“It shows that Barisan will fight the anti-hopping law,” he said.

Lim also said the state Constitution had been revised 17 times, with the last amendment in 2005.

“We hope to witness a historic enactment this year to prevent ‘frogs’ from party hopping,” he said.

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