AG's Chambers to begin process to seek royal assent for anti-party hopping Bill

PETALING JAYA: The Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) will begin the process of seeking the royal assent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the anti-party hopping Bill.

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said this follows the passing of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill (No. 3) 2022 in the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara.

The Minister in the Prime Minister Department (Parliament and Law) said that this is in line with Article 66 of the Federal Constitution.

"After that, the King will set the enforcement date based on Clause 1 of the Bill," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Aug 10).

On Tuesday (Aug 9) the Dewan Negara passed the anti-hopping Constitution (Amendment) Bill (No. 3) with a more than two-thirds majority, after obtaining the support of 52 of 60 senators in two rounds of bloc voting.

Wan Junaidi said after getting the approval from the King, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will inform all mentris besar and chief ministers to amend their own state Constitutions to enact anti-party hopping laws.

He explained that this is for the purpose of standardising state and federal laws under Article 71 of the Constitution.

"The Federal Government hopes that all states will adopt the legislation to ensure political stability can be maintained and standardisation of the system can be achieved not only at the federal level, but at the state level," added the minister.

Wan Junaidi had previously said that the constitutional amendments to prohibit MPs from switching parties is expected to be enforced in the middle of September at the latest.

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