Zahid: BN to propose anti-party hopping law in first Malacca assembly sitting

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Barisan Nasional will propose an enactment to stop party-hopping in the first Malacca state legislative assembly sitting, coalition chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

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“This is to stop party-hopping among assemblymen,” Zahid, who is also Umno president, said, after BN had won the Malacca elections.

He also said that BN will embark on reforms to “embrace all in line with the current political realities”.

“BN will foster better cooperation among assemblymen to ensure a stable government that will sit for a minimum four years from the first sitting,” said Zahid.

“We will also start a committee that will be led by the speaker and chief minister, to ensure fair allocations to all assemblymen,” he added.

BN also plans to introduce what Zahid called a “constructive vote of no confidence”.

He said this would prevent a government from being toppled, while improving state assembly proceedings to give all legislators a bigger role in policymaking.

He did not elaborate on what he meant by “constructive vote of no confidence”.

“With this victory, I am confident BN will bring a stability that is wanted by all to start a new political landscape that is in line with today’s realities,” he added.

Ahead of the Malacca polls, BN had launched a five-year manifesto, pledging to allocate equal funds for all 28 assemblymen should it form the next state government.

The manifesto, themed “Stability for Prosperity”, is aimed at maintaining political stability by pushing for “mature politics”, following upheavals caused by defections from one party to another that brought the Malacca government down twice after the 2018 general election.

The same also happened at the federal level following the Sheraton Move last year.

In 2020, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) state government in Malacca was toppled after defections by several assemblymen to Perikatan Nasional, which had ousted PH from Putrajaya.

The second time the Malacca government collapsed was when four assemblymen withdrew their support for then chief minister Sulaiman Md Ali, triggering the state elections that were held today. – TMI