Shadow Cabinet of Malaysia

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A Shadow Cabinet is a common feature in mature parliamentary democracies. It exists because, in theory, a government can easily collapse by losing the confidence of Parliament. So, if any new government is to be installed immediately without having fresh polls, it is only responsible of and reasonable for any party intending to replace the existing government to prepare its lineup.

Zahid Shadow Cabinet[edit]

Barisan Nasional (BN), as the largest opposition coalition in the Parliament, established a Shadow Cabinet on 26 September 2018. Each portfolio established in this Shadow Cabinet will also be comprising three professionals connected to their fields, including Women and Youth members, who will be elected at a later date.[1]

The current Shadow Cabinet is the first-ever to be formed in the history of Malaysia, by the largest opposition coalition of Barisan Nasional consisting of UMNO, MIC and MCA.[2] This Shadow Cabinet is led by Leader of the Opposition Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and applies the Portfolio Committee system.[1] The sole Member of Parliament (MP) from the PBRS is the only other representative even though UMNO Secretary-General Annuar Musa has encouraged MPs from the Sarawak Parties Alliance, Malaysian Islamic Party and United Alliance (Sabah) to join the committee.[3]

The only portfolio from the actual Cabinet of Malaysia not to have a counterpart in this Shadow Cabinet is National Unity and Social Well-being.

Composition[edit]

As of 14 December 2018, the Shadow Cabinet consists of the 38 following opposition MPs:

  UMNO (36)   MCA (1)   MIC (1)

Cluster 1: Prime Ministry, Law, Human Resources and Security[edit]

Portfolio Leader Party Constituency Deputy Leader Party Constituency
Prime Ministry Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
(Leader of the Opposition)
UMNO Bagan Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob UMNO Bera
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah UMNO Gua Musang
Home Affairs Dr. Shahidan Kassim UMNO Arau Dr. Adham Baba UMNO Tenggara
Defence Hishammuddin Hussein UMNO Sembrong Vacant[N 1][N 2]
Human Resources Dr. Ismail Abdul Muttalib UMNO Maran Vacant
Foreign Affairs Reezal Merican Naina Merican UMNO Kepala Batas Vacant
Law Azalina Othman Said UMNO Pengerang Vacant[N 3]

Cluster 2: Finance, the Economy and Industry[edit]

Portfolio Leader Party Constituency Deputy Leader Party Constituency
Finance Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar UMNO Rembau Vacant[N 4]
Economic Affairs Hasan Arifin UMNO Rompin Vacant
Entrepreneurship Development Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim UMNO Baling Ahmad Nazlan Idris UMNO Jerantut
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Vacant[N 5] Vacant[N 6]
Primary Industries Vacant[N 7] Mastura Mohd. Yazid UMNO Kuala Kangsar
International Trade and Industry Ahmad Maslan UMNO Pontian Dr. Ismail Mohamed Said UMNO Kuala Krau

Cluster 3: Education, Social and Culture[edit]

Portfolio Leader Party Constituency Deputy Leader Party Constituency
Rural Development Annuar Musa UMNO Ketereh Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub UMNO Machang
Education Mahdzir Khalid UMNO Padang Terap Idris Jusoh UMNO Besut
Women, Family and Community Development Dr. Noraini Ahmad UMNO Parit Sulong Vacant[N 8]
Housing and Local Government Noh Omar UMNO Tanjong Karang Halimah Mohd. Sadique UMNO Kota Tinggi
Youth and Sports Mohd. Shahar Abdullah UMNO Paya Besar Vacant[N 9]
Tourism, Art and Culture Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz UMNO Padang Rengas Jalaluddin Alias UMNO Jelebu
Religious Affairs Vacant[N 10] Vacant

Cluster 4: Infrastructure, Technology and Health[edit]

Portfolio Leader Party Constituency Deputy Leader Party Constituency
Transport Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong MCA Ayer Hitam Mohd. Salim Shariff UMNO Jempol
Communication and Multimedia Dr. Shamsul Anuar Nasarah UMNO Lenggong Zahidi Zainul Abidin UMNO Padang Besar
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Tajuddin Abd. Rahman UMNO Pasir Salak Vacant[N 11]
Health Vacant[N 12] Vacant[N 13]
Water, Land and Natural Resources Bung Moktar Radin UMNO Kinabatangan Mohd. Nizar Zakaria UMNO Parit
Public Works Saravanan Murugan MIC Tapah Abdul Rahman Mohamad UMNO Lipis
Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Ahmad Hamzah UMNO Jasin Hasbullah Osman UMNO Gerik
Federal Territories Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor UMNO Putrajaya Vacant[N 14][4]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kudat MP, Abd Rahim Bakri (UMNO) left the party on 12 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  2. ^ Libaran MP, Zakaria Mohd. Edris (UMNO) left the party on 12 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  3. ^ Beluran MP, Dr. Ronald Kiandee (UMNO) left the party on 12 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  4. ^ Pensiangan MP, Arthur Joseph Kurup (PBRS), together with other six (6) Sabah UMNO MP had officially left Barisan Nasional on 12 December 2018; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  5. ^ Larut MP, Hamzah Zainudin left the party on 14 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  6. ^ Tanah Merah MP, Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (UMNO) left the party on 14 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  7. ^ Cameron Highlands MP, Sivarajjh Chandran (MIC) was nullified by Election Courts his victory of 2018 General Election in Cameron Highlands on 30 November 2018, which later his seat was declared as VACANT, for the offence of bribery, vote-buying and corrupt practices committed to induce voters; and therefore, disqualified automatically from the Shadow Cabinet.
  8. ^ Beaufort MP, Azizah Mohd. Dun (UMNO) left the party on 12 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  9. ^ Sipitang MP, Yamani Hafez Musa (UMNO) left the party on 12 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  10. ^ Tasek Gelugor MP, Shabudin Yahaya (UMNO) left the party on 14 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  11. ^ Sabak Bernam MP, Mohamad Fasiah Mohd. Fakeh (UMNO) left the party on 14 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  12. ^ Mersing MP, Dr. Abd. Latiff Ahmad (UMNO) left the party on 14 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  13. ^ Hulu Terengganu MP, Rosol Wahid (UMNO) left the party on 14 December 2018 and became an independent; and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.
  14. ^ Labuan MP Rozman Isli (UMNO) switched allegiance to WARISAN on 11 October 2018 and therefore, exited the Shadow Cabinet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aswad, Mohd. Noor (2018-09-26). "Annuar Musa reveals BN's shadow cabinet". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  2. ^ "BN forms Shadow Cabinet, first in Malaysia's history". Borneo Post. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ "BN unveils shadow cabinet, Najib not in it". Malaysiakini. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  4. ^ Lee, Stephanie (2018-10-11). "Labuan MP quits Umno to join Warisan". The Star. Retrieved 2018-10-11.