Sunday, August 7, 2022

Getting rid of self-centered political frogs

Secara Rawak

KUCHING: The passing of the Anti-Party Hopping Bill will not only get rid of politicians who are populists and self-centred but it will give stability to the government that takes charge of Putrajaya after the 15th General Election (GE15), says Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok.

The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Stakan branch chairman stated that with the new law in place, there would be a much more stable government that could attract foreign direct investments (FIDs) as well as minimise politicking and bickering in the background.

He pointed out that since 2018, the nation has seen 37 parliamentarians switching sides and three prime ministers taking over the government which was very bad in terms of political stability.

“We have inherited the political system from the United Kingdom that is based on high moral standard with unwritten rules like ‘our words are our bond’, be high in integrity, honesty, and principle.

“We must move on when we set the rules into the law so that our political system will hold our MPs and elected representatives accountable to the electorates who voted for them.

“The passing of the Bill is a momentous occasion for the Malaysian democracy, however it is a shame that the reason we got here was because of political frogs,” he said on Friday.

He was commenting on the passing of the Bill which was approved unanimously with 209 MPs voting in favour of it on Thursday (July 28).

Sim said with the law being unanimously voted in, it is evident that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) MPs wholly supported it and will continue to support matters that benefit the people and the country while also safeguarding Sarawak’s rights.

“I wish to congratulate all who voted in this meaningful law for the betterment of Malaysians now and in the future,” he added.

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