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Anti-hopping law must not punish post-election alliances: Dr Mahathir
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KUALA LUMPUR – No anti-hopping law should penalise lawmakers from a single political party for forming alliances following a general election to get a simple majority for a federal government, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Langkawi-Pejuang). 

The former prime minister said this is in the event that no single party or coalition has the majority support of MPs to take control of Putrajaya after the national polls conclude.

As such, he said, there should be a clear definition of what constitutes party-hopping when drafting such a provision.

“There are times during an election that no single party has enough MPs (to form a government),” he said in the Dewan Rakyat today when debating the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s speech.

“In such a situation, there is a need for some parties to join the one with the most lawmakers to achieve a simple majority.

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