Azalina to submit notice of motion to table Recall Bill

PETALING JAYA: Former deputy speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said will submit a notice of motion to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun to table a Recall Bill, where MPs will be held accountable for party-hopping.

Azalina, who is Pengerang MP, said the notice she intends to send to Azhar will be a Private Members Bill based on Standing Orders 49(1).

"I hope this motion will be the starting point to introduce 'Recall Election' in this coming September Parliament session," she said in a statement on Wednesday (Sept 1), which was posted on Twitter.

Azalina also said she intends to form a Caucus on Parliamentary Reform and Multi-Party Democracy among interested MPs.

"This will strengthen the Malaysian Parliamentary Institution and also the Parliamentary Democracy system in the country," she added.

Azalina also thanked and credited electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 for conducting the initial research on mechanisms to sack an elected representative.

Earlier in her statement, Azalina said it was concerning that after 64 years of independence, incidences of party hopping still remain among elected representatives.

"Many Malaysians are questioning, what's the point of voting if elected representatives can trade the mandate given to them after the elections?" she questioned.

Azalina said competition among political parties is supposed to be positive and beneficial to the public.

Azalina also said politicians must be brave enough to make politics a career option that is not only professional, but also respected by the people.

"The public perception of politicians is very embarrassing and personally speaking, I'm shocked," she added.

The upcoming Parliament session will begin on Sept 13, and it will take place for 17 days until Oct 12.

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