Malaysia passes regulation to curb celebration defections amid political instability

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Thursday handed a regulation discouraging elected lawmakers from switching political events, following a sequence of defections that has triggered political instability in recent times.
The brand new regulation may very well be essential in offering stability as nationwide elections are anticipated to be known as sooner than the September 2023 deadline.
Malaysia has seen two coalition governments collapse since February 2020, partly because of strikes by lawmakers to modify celebration allegiances whereas retaining their seats in parliament.
Beneath the brand new regulation, a lawmaker who decides to alter events after being elected to the submit, would lose their place in parliament. The decrease home of parliament handed the regulation by a two-thirds majority.
“This… is essential to make sure long-term political stability,” Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated in a press release.
The regulation is anticipated to be tabled within the higher home in August, and if accepted – as anticipated – it would come into impact shortly after.
Malaysia has had three prime ministers since 2020, compounding uncertainty wreaked by the Covid-19 pandemic and financial slowdown.

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