PETALING JAYA: Bersatu should emulate DAP in amending its constitution to prevent its MPs from declaring support for the current government, Loke Siew Fook says.
The DAP secretary-general said they had predicted such a situation when the anti-hopping law was first drafted, where opposition MPs would pledge support for the ruling administration.
“After recognising the shortcomings of the anti-hopping law, DAP decided to amend its constitution,” he told reporters.
DAP amended its constitution last year so that elected representatives who do not toe the party line on fundamental issues will automatically lose their membership.
The party did so as a safeguard against a “loophole” in the anti-hopping law in which MPs sacked by their party would not have to vacate their seats.
Recently, four MPs from Bersatu pledged their support for the government: Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid (Kuala Kangsar), Suhaili Abdul Rahman (Labuan), Azizi Abu Naim (Gua Musang) and Zahari Kechik (Jeli).
On Nov 9, Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin described the anti-hopping law as flawed, and called for a review. He said the law contained critical weaknesses that could be exploited by political parties.
A few days ago, former health minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Bersatu had rejected an anti-hopping clause to declare a seat vacant if an MP goes against the party stance or fails to comply with the party whip in the Dewan Rakyat.
The provision was subsequently removed from the bill tabled in the Dewan Rakyat.
Bersatu was part of the coalition that supported the Ismail Sabri Yaakob government.
Loke said that Muhyiddin had only himself to blame for the law’s shortcomings.
He said during the discussions he had with Hamzah Zainudin, who was the government representative at the time, it was made clear that Muhyiddin was not keen to include the clause in the bills.
Loke said Muhyiddin also cited his case of getting “unjustly” sacked by Umno after his remarks on 1MDB.
“He (Muhyiddin) argued that, in his case, the provision would be unjust for him to vacate the seat.”