There’s a dire need to revamp the entire electoral system. Otherwise the same pressing issues rears it’s ugly head every now and then. It is sad how an endearing democracy like ours is consistently under siege by those whom we trusted and voted in. It is grossly unfair to the rakyat yet, as time changes the world, and society changes to adapt, people got creative thus, so must our law be, to adapt to the changes to counter their counterproductive creativity, which undermines our trust in them, our laws and importantly, the wishes of the general public.
Umbrella rules can be amended by the blessings of every MP, if there are good MPs to begin with and endorsements can happen, if the amendments are fairly written before being tabled and debated in parliament.
If parliament takes the first step, political parties will follow.
Interesting enactments should include how approvals to party hop must be approved independently by each of these bodies. The Election Commission, the Prime Minister’s Office representing the Executives, our Lord President representing the Judiciary and our Council of Rulers representing the Monarchy and failure to receive endorsements from either one of them would render the entire application invalid. All approvals are to be administrated and handled by the Chief Secretary to the government.
If that is too tedious, esteem political parties needs to tie up their own party rules to deter party hopping. That will include a set duration preventing members from joining another political party by reasons of voluntary resignation or otherwise, and regulations preventing new party members from holding positions, heading a branch or division for a set duration. These two propositions works beautifully hand in hand.
Impose penalty if need be. Strict rules begets members loyalty when penalty by expulsion may not work, not unless our Penal Code addresses the severity of party hopping and sets its own penalties.
The rakyat is currently in no mood to let clowns make a mockery of our country by a backdoor takeover, ignoring the implications it has over our country’s economy, stability and putting the security of our country at risk. That deserves a harsh sentence by itself, when the country is held at ransom.
My two cents.