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PH to meet PM to discuss anti-party hopping bill

It is also seeking a discussion on three other matters related to its MoU with the government, including a two-term limit to the prime minister's tenure.

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders will meet with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob as soon as possible to discuss the anti-party hopping bill and three matters related to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the opposition coalition and the federal government.

The PH Presidential Council, in a statement today, said the coalition hoped that the bill would be tabled, debated and approved in the first week of the next Dewan Rakyat sitting which starts on July 18.

“With the passing of this bill, 83% or 15 out of the 18 items in the MoU signed between PH and the federal government will be implemented,” it said.

It added that the three matters in the MoU that still need to be implemented are the setting a limit of two terms or 10 years for the prime minister’s tenure; the tabling of the Parliamentary Services Bill; and the amendment of the Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders.

The council also expressed disappointment over the government’s failure to convene a special sitting of the Dewan Rakyat for the tabling of the anti-party hopping bill.

The statement was issued by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook and Upko president Madius Tangau.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar recently said that there was no need for the government to convene a special sitting of Parliament to table and debate the Constitution (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2022 regarding the prohibition on switching parties by members of the Dewan Rakyat.

He said the the bill would be tabled and debated at the Second Meeting of the Fifth Session of the 14th Parliament starting July 18 before being presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

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