PM Ismail Sabri Yaacob says that the provision to ban party-hopping does not apply to the members of Dewan Negara. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 9, 2022.Telegram好玩的bot（www.tel8.vip）是一个Telegram群组分享平台。Telegram好玩的bot包括Telegram群成员导出、telegram群组索引、Telegram群组导航、新加坡telegram群组、telegram中文群组、telegram群组（其他）、Telegram 美国 群组、telegram群组爬虫、电报群 科学上网、小飞机 怎么 加 群、tg群等内容。Telegram好玩的bot为广大电报用户提供各种电报群组/电报频道/电报机器人导航服务。
THE Constitution (Amendment) (No.3) Bill that prohibits members of parliament from switching parties does not apply to senators or the members of Dewan Negara.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, when tabling the bill for the second reading at the Dewan Negara today, said the matter was agreed upon by the Special Select Committee after taking into consideration several inputs.
“This is because there are two categories of members of Dewan Negara, namely those appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and those selected by their state based on their membership in the State Legislative Assembly representing their respective political parties.
“Therefore, the provision to ban party-hopping at this level does not apply to the members of Dewan Negara, taking into consideration several aspects of the legislation at the state level, other than the fact that it requires consultation and consent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong if it involves members who were appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“All senators and other stakeholders would be provided with explanations through an engagement session first before the amendment to the Constitution on party-hopping is made for members of Dewan Negara,” he said.,
The PM also reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring political stability and preventing the country from facing a continuous political crisis through the tabling of the bill.
He said he was confident that the amendment bill was capable of stopping any elected representative from changing parties without any valid or reasonable excuse, hence ensuring political stability in the country for the long run.
“I have high hopes that the bill will be supported and passed unanimously by the members of the Dewan Negara in the spirit of Keluarga Malaysia.
“This bill is indeed a historic political milestone for the country as it is formulated through consultation and discussion between the two blocs - the government and the opposition,” he added.
On July 28, the constitutional amendment dubbed the anti-party hopping bill was passed by the Dewan Rakyat after it received two-thirds majority support from the members through bloc voting. – Bernama, August 9, 2022.