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Malaysia mulls law to stop defection among lawmakers - report
uusjio | March 22, 2008 at 11:29 pmby
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"It's high time that we have the Anti-Hopping Law to stop such acts," Zaid, who is a minister in the Prime Minister's Office tasked with judicial oversight, told Bernama.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's race-based Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition suffered its worst ever election results on March 8, losing five states and its two-thirds majority in parliament to the opposition.
Emboldened by the results, opposition figurehead Anwar Ibrahim said that ruling coalition lawmakers from the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo island had contacted him to discuss switching sides.
The power bloc there could unseat the government if it changed hands.
But Sarawak parliamentarian Richard Riot has denied speculation amid media reports he would be the first lawmaker to defect to the opposition, Bernama said.
"Out of the blue I became a star but let me announce that it has never crossed my mind to move away from the BN. I am a BN man, voted in under the BN ticket and I will stay put with the BN," he told the news agency.
The chief minister of opposition-controlled Kelantan state, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, has come out in support of Zaid proposal.
"(such politicians) are not humans if ...