NGO calls for law against party-hopping and equal fund allocation for all MPs


Nazrin (third from left) and the Sedar leadership hold up posters of their petition drive at Wisma MCA in KL on Dec 28, 2018. The petition calls for legislative changes to combat party-hopping among elected representatives, as well as equal allocations for Pakatan and opposition MPs.

Nazrin (third from left) and the Sedar leadership hold up posters of their petition drive at Wisma MCA in KL on Dec 28, 2018. The petition calls for legislative changes to combat party-hopping among elected representatives, as well as equal allocations for Pakatan and opposition MPs.

KUALA LUMPUR: A newly-registered NGO calling themselves Sedar (Sahabat Erat Dan Amanat Rakyat Malaysia) has started a petition calling for an anti-hopping law and equal allocation of funds for MPs from both the ruling government and the opposition.

Its president Nazrin Norani said the petition came about following feedback that many citizens were fed-up with the politicking and party-hopping taking place.

In the petition they called for legislation to trigger fresh elections if an elected representative became an independent or defected to another party.

They also called for an amendment to Article 48(6) of the Federal Constitution, which currently disqualifies elected representatives who resign from the Dewan Rakyat, from running in a general election for five years after resigning.

The third part of the petition highlighted the unequal allocation to ruling coalition and opposition MPs, which Nazrin claimed was why MPs were hoping to join the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition.

"Sedar is running the signature campaign till June next year before we hand over the petition and gather signatures," Nazrin said.

His deputy Subash Chandrabose Arumugam Pillai said many people were unhappy with the party-hopping taking place.

"There is anger among the public towards the government – and the opposition as well – they want both sides to do their jobs," Subash said at a press conference at Wisma MCA on Friday (Dec 28).

When asked about Sedar's involvement with Nothing To Hide Media, which is affiliated to Malay rights group Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), Nazrin said he had bumped into JMM's Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah by chance.

"He offered us unconditional use of NTH Media's facilities to record our Sembang and Bincang Sedar videos, we are not influenced by him at all," he said.