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Malaysia's first Shadow Cabinet unveiled, led by opposition leader Zahid from Umno

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has formed a Shadow Cabinet, the first in Malaysia’s history, led by Opposition Leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi from the United Malays National Organisation (Umno).

Malaysia's first Shadow Cabinet unveiled, led by opposition leader Zahid from Umno

Malaysia's Shadow Cabinet is led by Opposition Leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi from Umno.

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has formed a Shadow Cabinet, the first in Malaysia’s history, led by Opposition Leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi from the United Malays National Organisation (Umno).

Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa said the Shadow Cabinet was formed by BN component parties — Umno, Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) — and will see two BN MPs monitoring each federal ministry.

“The committees are meant to function as a check and balance on each ministry, and also a ‘policy watch’ alongside formulating alternative policies in contrast to those of PH (Pakatan Harapan),” he said in a statement.

He added that the committees would comprise BN members for now, although MPs from Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) and Gabungan Parti Sarawak had also been invited.

Based on the list provided, many of the Shadow posts are filled by MPs who formerly held those portfolios while BN was the federal government.

Mr Khairy Jamaluddin is the Shadow finance minister, while Shadow defence ministers are Mr Hishammuddin Hussein, Mr Abdul Rahim Bakri and Mr Zakaria Mohd Edris.

Former deputy foreign minister Reezal Merican Naina Mericani is the Shadow Foreign minister, while Mr Zahid will be the Shadow Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, together with Mr Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Mr Ismail Sabri Yaakob. 

Mr Khairy meanwhile, urged the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government to provide resources for the Shadow ministers.

“Now that the Shadow Cabinet has been announced, institutional reform of Parliament should follow with select committees and resources for Shadow ministers,” he tweeted.

In the United Kingdom, the Shadow Cabinet comes from the Official Opposition, which is usually the party with the second-largest number of seats in the House of Commons. Other smaller parties also have official spokesmen in Parliament on various issues.

The Shadow Cabinet is meant to function as the government-in-waiting in the Westminster system.

PH and its predecessor Pakatan Rakyat did not have Shadow Cabinets when they were in the Opposition. AGENCIES

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