Perak to table anti-party hopping law, state budget when assembly convenes on Dec 19, says MB

PETALING JAYA: The Perak state government will table its own anti-party hopping law when the new state assembly convenes on Dec 19, says Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad (pic).

This was agreed, the Perak Mentri Besar revealed, during the first exco meeting last week, where both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan executive council members decided to adopt the anti-party hopping law as well as to table the state Budget on Dec 19.

"If we adopt the law through the Eighth Schedule (of the Federal Constitution), we will not require a two-thirds majority to pass the legislation. A simple majority will be sufficient," he told reporters during a media engagement session at St Regis Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Monday (Nov 28) night.

Saarani was reappointed as the state’s Mentri Besar after receiving support from a total of 33 assemblymen from both Barisan and its new partner Pakatan.

In the state election held in tandem with the 15th General Election, Perikatan won 26 state seats, while Pakatan and Barisan garnered 24 and eight seats, respectively.

Earlier this week, Saarani revealed that Perikatan Nasional (PN) had attempted to "steal" four Barisan assemblymen, which caused him to hurriedly form the new state government with Pakatan Harapan.

Since no coalition secured a simple majority to form the government, Barisan agreed to work with Pakatan to form the administration and Saarani returned as the state Menteri Besar on Nov 21.

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