KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is resolute in its support for the tabling of an anti-party hopping Bill in the coming state assembly sitting and calls upon all assembly members, including the opposition, to give their vote of approval.
Its information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said political stability is the foundation for effective governance and sustainable progress, stressing the law will serve as a crucial mechanism in enhancing accountability and trust among elected representatives.
Strengthening democratic values and ensuring the people’s voice remains at the forefront of political decision-making has always been the party’s vision since 1985.
“PBS is delighted that the anti-hopping law is finally being reinstated in Sabah after 35 years since PBS first introduced it,” he said, adding it vindicates PBS sincere desire to put a stop to party hopping.
In 1988, an anti-hopping law was passed by the state assembly when PBS was in power. However, it was declared ultra vires the federal constitution and rendered null and void.
Joniston was reacting to reports quoting Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew’s as saying that a Bill to stop party hopping would be tabled at the State Assembly sitting on May 22 – 25.
Joniston said PBS has been at the forefront of this issue and recognises the importance of the legislation in maintaining a solid democratic system.
“In line with PBS’s consistent call on the need to reinstate the anti-hop law, all its seven PBS Assembly members will vote for the Bill to be passed.
“This Bill will foster trust and accountability among elected representatives, as it discourages opportunistic party-hopping and encourages elected representatives to fulfil their responsibilities to the constituents who voted them into power.
“PBS will fully support the Bill and remains committed to advancing political integrity and transparency, both then and now, to build a better future for Sabah.
“Furthermore, the party recognises that the anti-hopping law will promote transparency and fairness in the political arena as party defections have often led to the collapse of governments, resulting in wastage of public resources and instability in the administration,” he said.
Joniston, who is also Kiulu Assemblyman, added that introducing this law will enhance the stability of governments, enable long-term planning, and facilitate the effective implementation of policies for the betterment of the people.