The government and the PH accept the proposed amendment to the Federal Constitution


Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), said the agreement was reached during the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob this morning. — Photo Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR (April 11): The government and Pakatan Harapan (PH) have reached agreement on three points relating to the proposed amendment to the Federal Constitution, the first aimed at refining the definitions of the restrictions imposed on elected officials to change parties as indicated in article 10.

Minister of Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku said the agreement was reached during the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob this morning.

He said the meeting also approved the proposal to repeal Article 48(6) of the Federal Constitution, as well as other amendments to the Federal Constitution deemed necessary.

Section 48 (6) provides that a person who resigns as a member of the House of Representatives (Dewan Rakyat) is, for a period of five years from the date on which his resignation becomes effective, disqualified from to be a member of the Chamber. representatives.

“And the third point (agreed) is to formulate a specific law to prevent members of Dewan Rakyat from changing parties, and that these points will be submitted for discussion and consideration by a select committee appointed by the House,” he said. he stated when filing. the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2022 (No. 3) at the special meeting of the Dewan Rakyat here today.

The amendment to Section 10 of the Federal Constitution seeks to insert Section 3A after Section 3 the restrictions on the right to form associations conferred by subsection (c) of Section (1) relating to the Political party membership of members of the House of Representatives and members of the State Legislature may also be required by federal law.

Wan Junaidi said the amendment would also provide an enabling clause for a specific anti-party-hopping law to be formulated, tabled and approved in parliament.

“Apart from this, the bill is also able to prevent any elected representative from changing parties without valid and sound reasons, thereby ensuring the long-term political stability of the country,” he said.

Wan Junaidi said the government also agreed yesterday that a special bipartisan committee be set up to formulate the new anti-party law.

He said the committee, which will include all stakeholders including academics and opposition and government officials, will study and decide on the best policy and provisions for the new law. – Bernama


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