Holiday bill for political stability, says Wan Junaidi

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Constitution (Amendment) Bill (No. 3) 2022 on prohibiting MPs from jumping between parties, which is expected to be tabled in Dewan Rakyat this Wednesday, July 27, aims to ensure political stability in the country.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (Photo) said the bill, which will be tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, was the best measure taken by the government to avert a political crisis in the country.

“It is not intended to prevent the people from practicing democracy in Parliament itself, (Between) aim is to make the people understand, that parliamentarians do not do what they want, that they have principles .

“What is important is the wish of the people to appoint someone as their elected representative or the interests of the voters and the country,” he told Bernama.

He cited several countries that had legal provisions to deal with the holiday issue, such as the UK, India, Singapore and New Zealand.

Wan Junaidi said the government’s purpose in introducing the bill was also to deal with the crisis of government change due to the action of elected officials in party changes for political and personal reasons.

“Our goal is to prevent the (federal) government from changing (to) a mandate three times because it affects stability,” he said.

Before the bill was tabled, he said he would hold an engagement session with government MPs on July 25 (Monday) and the next day with opposition MPs.- Bernama


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