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PAS: One-way hopping acceptable

“If he wants to join a cause he feels is right, like PAS’s, we would not object. It is compulsory that we accept him…Looking at the situation now, party-hopping is acceptable as the Barisan Nasional member does not like the party anymore.”

PAS Terengganu state commissioner Datuk Mustafa Ali when commenting on Bota state assemblyperson Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim’s defection from Umno to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat. (Source: PAS open to BN reps who want to switch, New Straits Times, 30 Jan 2009.)

“We don’t agree with this (PAS representatives joining BN) because it is not good for them…this (PAS) struggle is right but they want to run to the wrong side…It is right for the others to want to join PAS. This is not a double standard but a principle in terms of humanity.”

Datuk Mustafa Ali at the same event commenting on the same issue. (Source: PAS says Hopping To Opposition Party Not Wrong, Bernama, 29 Jan 2009.)

“(Such politicians) are not humans if they can be bought and sold like commodities.”

Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat. The PAS spiritual leader and Kelantan Menteri Besar when voicing support for anti-hopping laws that were proposed by then de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. Zaid’s proposal was made in the weeks following the 12th general election, amid rampant rumours that Umno lawmakers would defect to the Pakatan Rakyat. (Source: Gov’t mulls law to stop MPs defecting, Malaysiakini, 23 March 2008.)

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