KUALA LUMPUR: The Undi18 youth movement has opposed the government’s decision to amend Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, saying it gives too much power to the incumbent government.
In a statement, Undi18 said that although the constitutional amendment was intended to allow the anti-party-hopping law to be enacted, the amendments to Article 10 raise a number of major issues that would have long-term implications for democracy.
“The amendment to Article 10 of the constitution gives the incumbent government broad powers to determine MPs’ party affiliation, opening the door to abuse of power.
“The Section 10 amendment is not specific to the issue of party skipping and would provide a ‘blank cheque’ to any incumbent government to control the attendance of deputies and members of the State Assembly to political parties,” the group said.
Earlier, Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar raised similar concerns.
She was skeptical of the good faith and intentions of the government in tabling the anti-hopping bill, saying that if one were to rely on faith alone, that can be expected to change in the future. ‘coming.
“It (the law) gives the federal government the power in perpetuity to strip MPs of seats. We need to revise this legislative strategy,” Permatang MP Pauh said in a tweet.
The tweet was in response to constitutional lawyer New Sin Yew’s comment that the impending constitutional amendment was “dangerous”.
Undi18 also argued that constitutional amendments are always needed for Section 48, where there are reasons why a member of the House may be stripped of their parliamentary seat.
“Without an amendment to section 48, any anti-party bill that requires MPs to vacate their seats is still unconstitutional.
“The amendment to Article 10 cannot prevent events such as the fall of the Pakatan Harapan (Sheraton Move) government and the fall of the Perikatan Nasional government from happening again.
“These two incidents were due to the fact that the political parties in the government chose to change direction and leave the government,” he explained.
Instead, the youth movement said it supported Bersih 2.0 and Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said’s proposal for a “recall election” as a more viable solution.