Shadow Cabinet: Sabah & Sarawak in the shadows?

On Sunday during the ‘Jelajah Janji DiTepati’ which was organised in Seremban, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak challenged Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to name his ‘Shadow Cabinet’.  Opposition Leaders were quick to downplay Prime Minister Najib’s demand.

Tuesday October 2, 2012

‘Shadow Cabinet premature’

KUALA LUMPUR: A move by Pakatan Rakyat to name a shadow Cabinet ahead of the coming polls would be akin to “putting the cart before the horse”, said DAP vice-chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw.

“How can we come out with a list when we do not even know which of our leaders of calibre will win or not in the polls?” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

He noted that what was important is Pakatan’s ability to form a Cabinet with leaders of calibre if they are successful in the coming polls.

He reiterated that Pakatan had yet to decide on its shadow Cabinet and described talk of a list as fictitious.

“I am not aware of such a list (shadow Cabinet) as the Pakatan leadership has yet to announce one,” he said.

He also denied a report in a Malay daily stating that he described Pakatan’s goal of capturing Putrajaya as “day-dreaming”.

“I never said that and I merely told them what I am telling you now,” he said, adding that words were put his mouth.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that Pakatan should not talk about taking over the Government when it has not even formed its own shadow Cabinet.

He said having a shadow Cabinet is fundamental in being in the opposition which Pakatan failed to do.


‘Shadow Cabinet’ is a practice in Westminster and Canberra. Opposition form their own ‘Cabinet’ to check on the ruling Government’s Cabinet portfolios on policies, issues and most importantly, the voters could have a basis to do a consideration to give the opposing party a chance to rule. The voters would understand or project how certain personalities could do a better job or not in the specific portfolios if and when they come to power.

However, the PR ‘Shadow Cabinet’ list appeared all over cybersphere today. It is believed to be originated from one of the senior PKR Leaders

Prime Minister: Anwar Ibrahim (PKR)
Deputy Prime Minister I: Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS)
Deputy Prime Minister II: Lim Guan Eng (DAP)
Ministers in Prime Minister Department: Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP), Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR), Mustaffa Ali (PAS)
Minister of Finance: Tony Pua (DAP)
Second Minister of Finance: Rafizi Ramli (PKR)
Minister of Defence: Salahuddin Ayub (PAS)
Minister of Education: Mohamed Nizar Jamaluddin (PAS)
Minister of Home Affairs: Azmin Ali (PKR)
Minister of Information, Communications & Culture: Fuziah Salleh (PKR)
Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water: Dr Dzulkfely Ahmad (PAS)
Minister of Rural and Regional Development: Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli (PAS)
Minister of Higher Education: Chong Chieng Jin (DAP)
Minister of International Trade and Industry: Husam Musa (PAS)
Minister of Science, Technology and Environment: Dr Che Rosli Che Mat (PAS)
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment: R Sivarasa (PKR)
Minister of Transport: Khalid Samad (PAS)
Minister of Tourism: Elizabeth Wong (PKR)
Minister of Works: Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (PAS)
Minister of Health: Dr Lee Boon Chye (PKR)
Minister of Youth and Sports: Yusmadi Yusoff (PKR)
Minister of Human Resource: Gobind Singh Deo (DAP)
Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operative and Consumerism: M Kulasegaran (DAP)
Minister of Housing and Local Government: Anthony Loke (DAP)
Minister of Women and Family Development: Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR)
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PKR)
Minister of Federal Territory: Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR)
Minister of Plantations and Commodity: Teresa Kok (DAP)

This is an interesting list. PKR is represented by 12 MPs, PAS 10 MPs and DAP 8 MPs. The party which is expected to get the most seats is allocated the least cabinet posts and vice versa. If broken down by ethnic representation, 19 Malays, 8 Chinese and 3 Indians.

What is more interesting, there is only one MP who represent Sarawak and none from Sabah. Even the MP representing Sarawak is Chinese. There is no MP representing any of the Bumiputra ethnics from Sabah or Sarawak.

Considering that Opposition especially Anwar Ibrahim has been trying very hard to woo Sabah and Sarawak voters to ditch BN and support Pakatan Rakyat instead, when they come to power they don’t intend to appoint any of them as cabinet ministers. It means that their voice does not matter in the highest policy and decision making committee in the country.

This could very much reflect Pakatan Rakyat’s real attitude and their true colours.

Published in: on October 3, 2012 at 22:30  Comments (7)