I went down to Tambunan town this morning for a cup of hot coffee when I had a glimpse on a newspaper headline stating the proposal of constitutional amendment for the passing of the Anti-Hopping Law – The idea seemed to be favoured by many particularly by the leaders within the UMNO itself (apparently after being evoked by the defection of Bota assemblyman recently), and by other Barisan Nasional (BN) components (Parti Bersatu Sabah especially, who has had an experience of being denied its power to form state government during the 1994 mass defection) – and as predicted the supportive statement has also been read out by Lim Guan Eng (DAP) as well (maybe the fear of facing the same fate), and ironically, by Sabah Progressive Party’s president, Yong Teck Lee, whom has said that he would support the enacting of the proposed Anti-Hop Law if the principles are genuine and are being done in the interests of the people and the nation (Did he genuinely talk about principle?).
Nevertheless, on the other extreme, some parties are still sceptical of the enactment of such law – as any amendment upon the Federal Constitution should be unanimously being implemented by the support of two third of the Dewan Rakyat’s members / the parliament.
This according to the facts (Federal Constitution in particular) is not an easy move to be taken by the Barisan Nasional (BN) as its strength is not ample to realize such move as BN does not own the mentioned two third majority in the Dewan Rakyat to initiate the law – even if the amendment is being made by the party – it would surely be declared Ultra Vires to the Federal Constitution - as it is denying one’s freedom of association (this obviously has long been manipulated by the cunning hopers).
I personally feel that this sort of law should have been enacted long time ago considering our own political experience in the past – any representative who has the intention to defect his/her party should professionally make vacant the seat to give way for the by-election.
No more hypocrisy and rhetoric; give way, or just quit – and no more trivial excuses stating that the government is not capable of realizing the “rakyat” aspiration anymore, the “rakyat” have lost confidence and faith, the delegates have unanimously voted and support the motion to hop (either tangibly or otherwise), or whatsoever. To be a leader must be a professional gentleman – and let the “rakyat “again decide via the ballots.
This is quite justifiable of seeing the current political landscape and political beliefs – the new generation of electorates are seemed to be more empiric and analytical in nature – the values that are being upheld are seen to be much of demanding the representatives who are not only having the qualities of leadership, but to certain extent, should be accountable and performing their duty with integrity – not to be a hopper afterwards.
Many issues are being talked lately – even towards now about how vital it is to work hard in improving the “rakyat” wellbeing and to draw their confidence back to the government of the day, and to not being so complacent.
Why it is now then such agenda is given a hastily central attention? The phrases like “cronyism”, “nepotism”, “corruption” and many more are now being much uttered - after the dismay defeat? And, the “transformation” instead of “restoration”.
Anyway, this is just my personal view and it should not be taken as a view of condemning any individuals or establishments. As for me, up to now, I still feel comfortable with what is being given by the government of the day.