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Is the law to curb political defections actually useful?

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The “Sheraton move” was an incredibly pivotal moment in Malaysian political history.

It was the moment that caused many to become disillusioned with and lose hope in our political system. Many questioned the purpose of voting. It was also the event that brought the term political ‘frogs’ or ‘katak’ to the mainstream.

This brought about a law to curb political defections which promised to put an end to ‘party hopping’. The days of the kataks were supposedly left behind.

Yet recently, four Bersatu MPs crossed party lines to pledge support for Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, strengthening his majority in the House of Representatives.

The question is how could this happen if we have a law to curb political defections?

BFM speaks to Tindak Malaysia director Danesh Prakash Chacko.

Produced and presented by: Dashran Yohan

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