Sarawak DAP leader has urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the frequent political defections in Sabah, in the wake of an exodus of Sabah Pakatan Harapan leaders from their parties.
According to a Borneo Post Online report, Sarawak DAP Secretary Alan Ling made this call as he claimed many voters felt that money politics was at play in the defections.
Ling said he believed some politicians had genuinely jumped ship to champion their struggles, but doubted that all of them were similarly motivated.
Claiming many voters were sceptical of the “mass defections happening year-in-year-out in Sabah”, he urged the MACC to investigate the financial backgrounds of the defectors and their family members.
Ling also hoped that Parliament would consider passing anti-party hopping laws at the next sitting as party hopping betrayed parties and the voters.
He said, if left unchecked, party hopping could damage the country’s political system and undermine the values and principles of democratic elections.
However, he doubted this would happen, as, he claimed, the BN had benefited from party hopping, citing the fall of the PBS-led government in Sabah in 1994 and the fall of the Pakatan Rakyat-led government in Perak in 2009.
Last week, Sabah PKR chief and Klias Assemblyman Lajim Ukin, Moyog Assemblyman Terrence Siambun, Likas Assemblyman Junz Wong, Sabah PKR Secretary-General Maijol Mahap, Sabah PKR Wanita Chief Johair Matlan, Sabah DAP Treasurer David Williams and Sabah DAP Vice-Chairman George Hiew all quit their parties.
This came after PKR Vice-President and Penampang MP Darell Leiking quit the party to join a new Sabahan party led by former Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal.
FMT Reporters Online