TI chief: Here’s how Malaysia can stop party-hopping, the Norwegian way


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia can adopt elements from Norway's political funding model to discourage party-hopping, says Transparency International’s new president, Dr Muhammad Mohan.

In an interview with The Malaysian Insight, Muhammad said the Norwegian model did not have by-elections as vacated positions are automatically replaced by a candidate from the incumbent party.

“This means that a person stands in a constituency on a party ticket.

“The moment he leaves, there is already an immediate successor. He stands not as an individual, but for the party.

“This is better in that the people vote for the party, not the individual. Suppose you vote for Party X, and then the candidate jumps ship.

“(Under the Norwegian model) if you jump ship, the seat remains with the party,” the portal quoted him as saying.

Muhammad explained that in Malaysia's current situation, if an elected representative decided to party-hop, the party that the people voted for would lose its seat in Parliament or the state assembly.

“(There is) no such thing in the Norwegian model. This way, you don’t betray the people’s trust,” said Muhammad, who was commenting on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that the government was studying the political funding models of countries such as Germany.

According to Muhammad, Malaysia should not just blindly pick one country's model and should instead study what different countries were doing in order to pick the best elements for the nation.

“The best model would be a hybrid.

“The German model is complicated and cannot be 100% applicable to Malaysia. It is best that the government take what is applicable from it and others,” he said.

He also suggested that internal party elections should come under the purview of the Election Commission, as that would be where money politics started.

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