in what sense? Only in terms of 'without joining a formal party', but by joining together, they cannot be independent in the true sense, not that we ever believe them to be independent in the first place.
The Malaysian Insider's 'Ex-PKR MPs form Independent Bloc':
Last night, I had the displeasure of having to watch Zulkifli Nordin on national television, having his opinions on PKR Selangor's problems broadcast. Who is he to be given such wide publicity if not because he is BN friendly?
Watching TV1 on parliamentary session, any question by opposition MPs are not shown their faces, for fear of them getting undue publicity?
One of the things I will find interesting in the next General Election will be whether these so-called Independents will be fielded by BN, or at least sponsored by BN, and how they will fare in it. Will their unpopular moves be shown at the polls?