ST Explains: Where to draw the line for Malaysia's anti-hopping Bill?

A parliament session in Kuala Lumpur in 2020. Malaysian politicians are struggling over how to define "party hopping". PHOTO: REUTERS
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

KUALA LUMPUR - An effort to prevent members of political parties from jumping ship in Malaysia, which has been in the works since September last year, remains in limbo because politicians are struggling over how to define "party hopping". Here's a closer look at the landmark legislation.

The need for a law to stem party defections came into the spotlight in Malaysia following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in 2020. PH had assumed power for the time after an unprecedented victory at the 2018 general election but a mass defection from its ranks led to its collapse. This precipitated a political crisis that has largely dominated Malaysian politics since. The two subsequent governments have been able to count on only a single-digit majority in Parliament as the incidence of defections and aisle crossing remained prevalent in the country.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.