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Dr M: Party hopping must be studied thoroughly before Bills are introduced

KUALA LUMPUR: The issue of party hopping must be studied thoroughly before the government implements any new Bills to penalise MPs who switch parties, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Pejuang-Langkawi).

Dr Mahathir said he supported Bills to penalise party-hopping MPs, but the matter needs clearer definitions because the action is sometimes necessary when no parties have a clear majority after a general election.

"When there are no parties with enough numbers to form the next government, there is a need for parties to come together with major parties so they would have enough MPs to form the next government," he said in his speech on the Royal Address in Parliament on Monday (Sept 20).

Dr Mahathir also argued that if small parties cross over to major p

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