Anti-party defections law or recall elections?


Malaysia has experienced several dramatic political and constitutional crises in the last two years, resulting in entirely new governments but with mostly the same faces in the cabinet.

The call to establish anti-defection laws for the nation is becoming brasher. MP for Pengerang Azalina Othman Said has just presented a private member’s recall bill proposing a system of recall elections, which would enable voters to withdraw the mandate they had given to MPs who then switched parties.

Panel members:

  • Azalina Othman Said, MP for Pengerang, Johore, former Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat
  • Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, former Speaker of Dewan Rakyat
  • Prof Wong Chin Huat, political scientist

Opening address: Karen Cheah Yee Lynn, co-chairperson, Bar Council’s constitutional law committee

Moderator: Nimalan Devaraja, co-chairperson, Kuala Lumpur Bar’s civil practice and court liaison committee and technology committee

Organised by the Bar Council’s constitutional law committee

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