Malaysian MPs seek end to political party hopping

New caucus looking at possible solutions that could result in changes to electoral system

Several Malaysian parliamentarians have formed a rare bipartisan group to try to put an end to the party-hopping culture that caused the collapse of the federal government and five state governments in the last six months.
Several Malaysian parliamentarians have formed a rare bipartisan group to try to put an end to the party-hopping culture that caused the collapse of the federal government and five state governments in the last six months.PHOTO: AFP

Several Malaysian parliamentarians have formed a rare bipartisan group to try to put an end to the party-hopping culture that caused the collapse of the federal government and five state governments in the last six months.

But with an anti-hopping law already declared unconstitutional by the country's highest court, the MPs are looking at other possible solutions which, if approved and ratified, could mean significant changes to the electoral system.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2020, with the headline 'Malaysian MPs seek end to political party hopping'. Print Edition | Subscribe