What would a law to prevent defections entail?

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The Sheraton Move came as a shock.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad lost his majority when a small faction of PKR, led by Azmin Ali, defected from the party, teamed up with Bersatu (which was also part of the Pakatan Harapan coalition), and formed a new coalition with Barisan Nasional, Pas, Gabungan Parti Sarawak and others to form a new government.

Since then, there have been calls for a law to prevent such defections – to put it simply, a law that would prevent elected representatives from switching parties.

Things gained momentum when Pakatan Harapan signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ismail Sabri-led government last September, in which one of the key terms was the tabling of a law to prevent party defections.

But where are we at right now, when it comes to this law? BFM speaks to Bersih chairma Thomas Fann to unpack the issue

Produced and presented by: Dashran Yohan

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