PH threatens to withdraw backing for PM if Anti-Party Hopping Bill not pass in March parliamentary session

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) has threatened to withdraw its backing for the Federal Government established via the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Transformation and Political Stability with the government, if the Anti-Party Hopping Bill is not passed in the March parliamentary session.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said if the Anti-Party-Hopping Bill is passed in the next parliamentary session, the pact was willing to negotiate for the continuation of the MoU with the Federal Government.

“For now, we cannot expect anything from the Federal Government. There is indeed an MoU, which sets out some additional allocations of RM45 billion to solve the Covid-19 problem, the RM10 billion poverty problem, and the Undi18 matter.

“The Anti-Party Hopping Bill must be passed before the end of the Parliament session in March. We must convey to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob that it is unlikely that the MoU will survive (if the bill is not adopted).

“If the Anti-Party Hopping Bill is not passed in the next parliamentary session in March, then we will reject the MoU. If we agree, negotiations can continue, otherwise, the MoU will be cancelled automatically,” he said.

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Anwar said this at the launch of the PH and Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA) Election Machinery for the Johor State Election here today.

Also present was Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and MUDA president Syed Saddiq Syed Abd Rahman.

Apart from the Anti-Party Hopping Bill, four other unresolved issues in the MoU are for judiciary independence, limiting the Prime Minister’s office term to 10years, passing the Parliamentary Services Bill to ensure an independent Parliament, and amending the Rules of Procedure to ensure proceedings of Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara run more orderly and effectively.

Meanwhile, PH Presidential Council vice-president Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub also echoed Anwar’s sentiment on the Anti-Party Hopping Bill and withdrew backing for the MoU.

“I am a member of the PH MoU Coordinating Committee and the government. Indeed, there are basic things that are also the biggest aspect of the MoU and if in the March parliamentary session it is not brought and approved, PH will withdraw backing for the Prime Minister,” he said.

When asked about the possibility of the Federal Government collapsing due to PH withdrawing support for the MoU, the Parti Amanah Negara Deputy President and the Pulai Member of Parliament hinted that it would happen if the government did not table the Anti-Party Hopping Bill in the next parliamentary session.

As of Jan 19, 13 of the 18 items contained in the MoU had been implemented, including efforts to speed up Undi-18, automatic voter registration and strengthen efforts in the implementation of matters stipulated in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement. – NST