Party-hopping lawmakers face scrutiny after Sabah turmoil

Ex-Sabah chief minister Musa Aman (centre) secured at least 13 defectors to form a new government, before the state assembly was dissolved. PHOTO: BERNAMA
Ex-Sabah chief minister Musa Aman (centre) secured at least 13 defectors to form a new government, before the state assembly was dissolved.PHOTO: BERNAMA

The dissolution of Sabah's state assembly on July 30 to make way for a snap election, following a threat of mass defections by lawmakers, has cast the spotlight again on the culture of political party-hopping in Malaysia.

Since the turn of the year, Malaysia has seen its federal government and four state governments change hands outside of an election due to the "frogging over" of MPs and state lawmakers to the other camp.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 09, 2020, with the headline 'Party-hopping lawmakers face scrutiny after Sabah turmoil'. Print Edition | Subscribe