What must not be tolerated is the betrayal of voters who had cast their votes in favour of a candidate who then decides to party-hop after winning, says P Ramakrishnan in supporting anti-party-hopping legislation.
Martin Jalleh rebuts Nazri Aziz’s accusation that Anwar has been party-hopping like a ‘frog’.
P Ramakrishnan made the following recommendations before the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform.
Malaysians must not be taken in by this sandiwara. We must remain focused on the larger objective i.e. to turn the BN into an opposition, writes P Ramakrishnan.
Our Thinking Allowed column looks at ‘lawatan sambil belajar‘, political frogs, buy-elections and 1Malaysia. Enjoy!
If only British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had looked east, he wouldn’t be in this pickle. Instead, he could have picked up a few valuable pointers from the post-colonials on how not to lose a general election, observes Francis Loh, tongue-in-cheek.
By-elections have a habit of bringing out the worst in individuals. It is a time when certain party members suddenly become wise and enlightened. It is a time when hypocrisy takes centre stage.
Forces are at work to subvert the voters’ choice in the last general election while others are playing up emotive issues of race and religion for political ends, warns P Ramakrishnan.
If ever elected representatives are turned into renegades and turncoats, we must not only punish these traitors in the next round of elections but we must severely punish the party that encourages treachery, writes P Ramakrishnan.