KEPALA BATAS: It is unfair to accuse politicians who switch their parties to escape from problems and issues, says Datuk Shabudin Yahaya (pic).
The Tasek Gelugor MP said the accusations were in fact just a perception from those who are not happy when someone from their party switch sides.
"It is only a perception; the phenomena of switching one's political allegiance does not happen arbitrarily, it is meant to strengthen the political and administrative system of the country," he said.
Shabudin said switching parties might have an unhealthy element if only one or two leaders did it, but if it happens en-bloc and more than several times, it shows that the party-hopping trend is made up of political missions and strategies.
The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of law and Parliament left Umno to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia in February 2019.
Shabudin added that politics is dynamic and is constantly changing, depending on situation and suitability.
He said politicians switching sides might be due to his or her intention to be with the ruling government in making policies and any other priorities that they might feel important for them in their struggle.
"For example, if the politician came from a Malay party, his or her political mission is to protect the interest of Malays and at the same time, to protect the political interests of other races. This is not static," he said.
The state Perikatan Nasional chairman added that those who accused politicians who decided to switch their political allegiance just to escape from criminal charges to show proof before making any accusations.
He added that it is not right to accuse those who switched parties and said that if the accusations are real, they must present proof for their claims.
Earlier, Shabudin and several Perikatan grassroots leaders attended a "Program Baucer Sumbangan Prihatin Parlimen Tasek Gelugor" at his service centre.
The programme will benefit about 10,000 underprivileged families from three state constituencies; Teluk Ayer Tawar, Permatang Berangan and Sungai Dua.
Among the daily items given were rice, cooking oil, face masks and other daily necessities.