The finalised version of the Bill had been discussed in today’s Cabinet weekly meeting.
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The Bill to prevent parliamentarians from freely jumping from one political party to another has been finalised and will be tabled in Dewan Rakyat on 18 July, said De-facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
The Bill was also discussed during the Cabinet weekly meeting today, Malay Mail reported.
According to the report, the special select committee overseeing the Bill had also agreed upon a timeline for the Legal Affairs Division (BHEUU) of the Prime Minister’s Department and the Attorney General’s Chambers to hold an engagement with MPs from both sides of the divide.
The engagement session with government MPs is set for 25 July, followed by the same session with the Opposition MPs on the following day.
The debate session for the much-anticipated Bill had been proposed for the 27 and 28 of July in Dewan Rakyat, subject to the Dewan Rakyat speaker’s discretion, Wan Junaidi said.
Once the Bill had been passed by both the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, it will then be presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong between August 11 and August 26 for royal assent.
Following that, the Bill is expected to be gazetted between August 29 and September 2.
Previously, several parties had called to expedite the tabling of the Bill, citing the decaying trust towards political parties and elected representatives from the public.