KOTA KINABALU: A senior state Barisan leader has labelled the Opposition “hypocrites” for trying to lure Barisan Nasional's elected representatives while enacting anti-hopping laws.
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Datuk Liew Vui Keong said while the DAP-led Penang Government wanted to enact laws preventing representatives from switching parties, Pakatan Rakyat head Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was trying to lure Barisan legislators.
“(DAP secretary-general) Lim Guan Eng should tell Anwar to stop luring Barisan members to the Opposition fold before implementing an anti-hop law in Penang,” Liew said yesterday.
“What is even more shameful for the Opposition is that Anwar continues to claim he was expecting more Barisan members to join the Opposition,” said the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.
Liew said it was obvious that Guan Eng and the DAP leadership did not agree with Anwar's ethics as even its chairman Karpal Singh had said that the party would not tolerate party-hopping.
Liew said it was a wonder how DAP could accept Datuk Lajim Ukin and Datuk Wilfred Bumburing who had switched their political allegiances to Pakatan.
Meanwhile, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said there was no need for an anti-hop law in Malaysia which practised democracy.
He said parties should screen candidates and ensure they were loyal to them to prevent hopping after the polls.
“Not many countries have an anti-hop law,” he said.
“What is important is that we imbue good values among politicians so there is discipline and consistency in their party's struggle.”