Bumburing, who quit Upko to align himself with Pakatan Rakyat, said he had no problem with an anti-hop law but laws preventing re-contests by elected representatives who resigned should be scrapped.
“Any law prohibiting a person to re-contest a seat that he had relinquished (when he had switched parties) should be reviewed or scrapped,” said Bumburing.
He said the so-called political frogs should be differentiated those switching parties and those leaving to form their own parties due to ideological differences.
Bumburing, who has formed a self-styled Sabah Movement for Change, said a leader who left a party to form another organisation to carry on the ideologies and struggles in another platform should not be deemed to be leap-frogging or party-hopping.
“I wish to stress that it is against democratic principles to compel a leader to continue to be a member of a political party, let alone lead it, if the political directions and ideologies that he belongs to can no longer carry on with the original objective,” he said.
By MUGUNTAN VANAR