Last week, a senior Malaysian politician claimed to have the majority of support amongst Members of Parliament to form a new government. This comes as no surprise to Malaysians, who have watched helplessly as their politicians jumped ship to other parties throughout the year. Some of these defections resulted in a coup that took place in February. While Malaysia is no stranger to the phenomenon of party hopping, the constant shift in allegiances has led many Malaysians to feel like their mandate has been betrayed. Many are now calling for an anti-hopping law to be introduced as a solution to the political instability.

On this week’s episode, Deborah Augustin speaks to Professor Wong Chin Huat, a political scientist working on political institutions and group conflicts about the feasibility of an anti-hopping law in Malaysia and the larger systemic issues that have led to these shifting political alliances.

For more information on the mechanism of recall elections, you can visit Chin Huat’s column in Malaysiakini by clicking here.

Deborah Germaine Augustin

Deborah Germaine Augustin is a Malaysian writer and researcher. Previously, she worked as a Parliamentary Assistant for the MP of Kelana Jaya. She is currently working on a cross-genre chapbook about immigration in the United States. She is New Naratif's Member Engagement Coordinator. Reach her at