KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said says she is waiting for an official report from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) on the status of four Sabah Bersatu MPs who were elected on a Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) ticket.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform) said that under Article 49A of the Federal Constitution on anti-party hopping, the Dewan Rakyat Speaker would have 21 days to decide after receiving an official notification.
"But the amendments in the Constitution (Amendment) Act (No.3) 2022 (Act A1663) place several conditions for making a determination.
"So it is beyond my jurisdiction to comment. But I am waiting for a report and legal opinion from the Attorney General,” she told reporters after closing the Human Rights Day 2022 forum here Monday (Dec 12).
Questions have been raised on the status of the four MPs after GRS chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor announced on Saturday (Dec 10) that Sabah Bersatu leaders had unanimously decided to leave the party but would remain under GRS.
The four MPs are Datuk Matbali Musah (Sipitang), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali (Papar), Datuk Jonathan Yasin (Ranau) and Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan (Batu Sapi). - Bernama