Suhakam says anti-hopping law needed to strengthen democracy

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Aug 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has voiced its support for the establishment of an anti-hopping law following the frequent changes in allegiance among people's representatives resulting in governments being toppled.

"Suhakam is of the view that the right to vote, as stated under Article 119 (1) of the Federal Constitution, forms the basis for the elected representative’s authority to be part of the governing apparatus.

"It is the rakyat’s choice that legitimises those who make up the government," it said in a statement on Thursday (Aug 6).

Suhakam said it believed the people should be given the power to vote again should an elected representative decide to switch parties.

"It is unsettling to observe the rampant and unabashed movement and change in political allegiance after a proper and expensive democratic election process.

"An ‘Anti-Hopping’ law should be enacted in Malaysia in order to ensure political stability and end the impunity of fraud on the electorate, whilst strengthening democracy and protecting people's rights," it said.

Suhakam noted that although freedom of association is well recognised, this right may be restricted when necessary, suggesting that political parties should be regulated by legislation and rules separate from other kinds of associations.

"MPs and assemblymen are elected to represent the voice of their voters, therefore should manifest the needs and views of the rakyat and not their own," it said.

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