Mahathir: Parties forming coalitions post-elections should not be considered ‘hopping’

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Important that anti-party hopping laws be detailed on how they interpret party hopping instead of a blanket ban.

Establishing a political coalition after an election to subsequently form a ruling government should not be considered as party-hopping, Langkawi MP Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

In Parliament while debating the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s speech, Dr Mahathir stated that it is important that anti-party hopping laws be detailed on how they interpret party hopping instead of a blanket ban.

“This is because when there is an election, sometimes there are no parties that have enough numbers to form the government.

“In such a government, there is a need for other parties to be with the party with the most numbers so that the numbers of parliamentarians in the government exceeded half the numbers in the Dewan Rakyat.

“The alliance between other parties with the biggest party cannot be interpreted as party-hopping if it is done properly, in accordance with the party’s constitutions and the decision was made during party meetings where they decide to be with the biggest party to secure the greatest number of seats to form the government,’’ he said.

He stressed that the process of the parties cooperating should be in line with the respective parties’ constitutions.

Other instances that should not be considered as “party-hopping” is when members of a party are kicked out for whatever reason and decide to join another.

He also stated the issue of anti-party hopping law must be studied further to ensure that Parliament can conduct its function without any interruptions.