KUALA LUMPUR – Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is planning to impose RM20 million penalty for members who decide to jump ship in the event Pakatan Harapan wins in the 14th General Election (GE14).
Its supreme council member Tariq Ismail, in a report by news portal Free Malaysia Today said, the reason PPBM made the proposal, somewhat similar to Pas’ ‘bai’ah’ oath, was to protect the opposition pact from losing its elected members.
He also expressed concern on the possibility of Pakatan Harapan lawmakers being offered money to leave the pact post GE14.
“We don’t want those elected under our banner to defect to Barisan Nasional (BN), regardless of whether we win or lose the elections.
“That’s why it has been proposed that they sign a contract saying that if they do jump ship, it will cost them money,” he told the news portal.
However, Tariq explained that the proposal has yet to be approved as PPBM would have to consult its lawyers to determine if the amount was reasonable.
Under the Pas’ “bai’ah oath”, it was stated among others that elected members will have to divorce their wives if they quit the party.