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The Issue Of Barisan Nasional MPs Crossing Over To Pakatan Harapan

There has recently been much controversy in the media regarding rumours of MPs from Barisan Nasional crossing over to Pakatan Harapan.

We must remember that the people voted Pakatan Harapan into government because they desired genuine political change in Malaysia.

The vote in the 14th General Elections was emphatically for change and against Barisan Nasional.

As such, it is inappropriate if other MPs were to be accepted into any of the Pakatan Harapan component parties indiscriminately especially those who remained silent during the kleptocracy.

We cannot bemoan the cynicism that has taken hold of young Malaysians regarding politics if “business as usual” with the same cast of characters is all we can offer them.

This is something that certainly must be avoided especially with the plan for the voting age to be lowered to 18 in time for the 15th General Elections.

Steps must be taken to ensure that Opposition and Independent MPs are not excluded or isolated in any way.

The onus is on the Federal Government to ensure, without bias or favouritism, that they have the resources to serve their constituents—including in terms of constituency allocations eventually in parity with Government MPs.

Moreover, while the corrupt must be brought to justice, it also goes without saying that such investigations should never be used for political ends. We welcome the government’s assurances that this will not be the case.

Change should emphatically not mean that everything stays the same.