KUALA LUMPUR: A Barisan Nasional MP has proposed that Parliament enact an anti-hopping law, likening those who jumped to other parties to frogs and monkeys.
Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan), in his debate on the royal address, highlighted the prevalence of party-hopping in the country, especially in his home state of Sabah, where it always happens after a general election.
“I definitely recommend that an anti-hopping law be brought by Parliament,” he said in reply to Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian).
Ahmad had asked Bung if he agreed that such a law should be passed in Parliament and that those who jumped to another party should vacate their seats.
Noor Amin Ahmad (PH-Kangar) stood up to ask why BN did not enact such a law when it was in power previously.
Khoo Poay Tiong (PH-Kota Melaka) said many former Umno MPs left the party when Umno decided to work with PAS.
Bung, who is also Sabah Umno chairman, said these crossovers were by people who had lost their dignity.
“By right, those who party-hop are not in a position of strength. We in Sabah Umno are happy they have jumped to another party because we believe that Umno supporters will not follow in their footsteps.
“Mark my words. In the next general election, Sabah Umno will recapture Sabah,” he said.
Che Abdullah Mat Nawi (PAS-Tumpat) said hopping to the other side was a means for these elected representatives to “save themselves”. Bung said such leaders hopped for their own benefit.
It was recently reported that four Umno MPs, namely Ronald Kiandee (Beluran), Abdul Rahim Bakri (Kudat), Azizah Mohd Dun (Beaufort) and Zakaria Mohd Edris (Libaran), had joined PPBM.
PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in a recent ceremony, also presented membership cards to two Sabah assemblymen, Hajiji Mohd Noor (Sulaman) and Masidi Manjun (Karanaan).