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"No-One Else Was in the Room Where It Happened" A Legislative Solution to Party-Switching in Malaysia

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Joyce Kasing Tagal
Joyce Kasing Tagal

The Malaysian political crisis of 2020 threw the country into socio-political and economic chaos and highlighted the danger of party-switching, also known as party defection, to a growingdemocracy with a parliamentary system. Several countries across the world have sought to stop the threat of party-switching by implementing anti-defection laws. I examine the efficacy of global anti-defection laws, the prevalence of Malaysian party defections and suggest a possible legislative solution for Malaysia. 



Malaysia, Commonwealth, anti-defection, party switching, political party