DAP to amend party constitution to strip errant elected reps of membership
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP is planning to amend the party constitution to provide for any Member of Parliament (MP) or state assemblyman defying the party’s decisions on certain key matters to be stripped of his membership.
DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the proposed amendment, to be tabled at a special congress on Sept 25, was aimed at plugging what he described as ‘loopholes’ in the anti-party hopping law approved by the Dewan Rakyat on July 28.
“There are views that the amendments approved in Parliament last week are not sufficient to prevent party hopping because an MP who is sacked by his party (and joined another party) is not considered to have switched parties and need not vacate his seat.
“We see this as a loophole which needs to be closed as we are worried that MPs planning to defect would not resign but would do things to lead to their sacking in order to avoid vacating their seats,” he told a press conference at the DAP national headquarters here today.
Loke said this matter would involve situations concerning key party policy decisions to be taken in the Dewan Rakyat, like appointment of the Prime Minister and Budget vote.
He said the proposed amendment to the party’s constitution was aimed at ensuring the effectiveness of the party.
“For example, if there is a motion that we need to oppose but some of our MPs support it, then the party’s effectiveness would be undermined,” he said.
He said a Party Constitution Amendment Committee headed by Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen would be tasked with studying the matter in detail before the proposed amendment is presented to the Central Executive Committee (CEC) within a month.
The Dewan Rakyat had approved the Constitution (Amendment) Bill (No. 3) 2022 on provisions preventing MPs from switching parties by a more than two-thirds majority.