In justifying the right of elected reps to switch party the often cited reason is the freedom of association of the rep personally. Actually this is absolutely right-only not to compromise the same freedom for the voters. Voters too have freedom of association -which need to be respected. So both parties have the freedom to associate and dissociate from each other. That is only fair. From this perspective the anti-hopping law actually allows both sides to `hop’ so to speak -allow the rep to hop to other party, and allow the voters to hop away from the rep. Not only should the rep face the voters again when they want to hop-and not to take for granted that the voters had given him/her a blank checque as mandate, the voters should be able to recall the reps whom they think no longer speak for them over major issue/s.
Guan Eng: We’ve always opposed hopping
[DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng has maintained that his party has always opposed those who party-hop.]
DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng has maintained that his party has always opposed those who party-hop.
PENANG, Feb 10 — The DAP today made its stand clear that it was against party-hopping by elected representatives.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the party had never ceased asking for an ‘anti-hopping’ law — even when Pakatan Rakyat (PR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced the supposed crossover of Barisan Nasional (BN) members of parliaments on Sept 16 last year.
“This is the DAP policy…I have tried to be like a brother’s keeper but sometimes, we cannot be the keeper all the time.
“We are not denying that DAP and PKR might have differing views but we deal with it. We do not sweep everything under the carpet,” he told reporters after a ground-breaking ceremony to build a perimeter wall and gate at the Silver Jubilee Home in Sungai Nibong here today.
However, Lim, who is also chief minister, said Pas had also stated its stand against the hopping of elected representatives.
He said DAP was willing to support BN if they were to table the ‘anti-hopping’ law and assured that its 28 MPs would give their support. On a report in Chinese dailies that the MCA and Gerakan were against money politics and corruption, he said they should support the formation of an ‘anti-hopping’ law. — Bernama