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The new PH government should emulate the anti-hopping stance taken by the Penang State Government when it introduced the country’s first anti-hopping law in 2012

The defection of Barisan Nasional (BN) state and parliamentary representatives to the newly minted Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is ill-advised and ought not to be condoned.

With the greatest of respect, the true reforms which PH needs to embark on in its quest to save Malaysia must necessarily exclude such BN representatives as they were the very ones who condoned and supported the regime under former Prime Minister Najib Razak which PH finally toppled. Such BN representatives were complicit in the mismanagement of the country under BN which is precisely why reforms are urgently needed now.

Furthermore, an influx of BN representatives to PH will see an erosion of confidence among PH voters as they voted for change which will be severely compromised in the event such BN representatives are allowed to join PH. Our voters choice and confidence is paramount and must be respected.

I am confident that we have sufficient numbers and calibre within our ranks at present without the need to achieve a two-thirds majority in Parliament through BN defections. With hard work and perseverance, I have no doubt that PH will achieve that two-thirds majority legitimately in GE15.

The new PH government should emulate the anti-hopping stance taken by the Penang State Government when it introduced the country’s first anti-hopping law in 2012 under which, a member of the state legislative assembly must vacate his seat if he resigns, is expelled from or ceases to be a member of the party that he was elected as a candidate of (with a few exceptions).

The country must be cleansed of the scourge of six decades of BN rule. It is imperative for BN to be completely rejected in order to achieve this aim and the PH leadership must seriously reconsider entertaining such defections.

Ramkarpal Singh
MP FOR BUKIT GELUGOR
Media statement by Ramkarpal Singh in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 12th May 2018