Opposition (Malaysia)

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The Opposition in Malaysia fulfils the same function as the official opposition in other Commonwealth of Nations monarchies. It is seen as the alternative government and the existing administration's main opponent at a general election.

The current Opposition Leader at a Federal level is Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Federal Parliament[edit]

This is the list of current Leaders of Opposition in the Parliament of Malaysia:

House Opposition Leader Political party[a] Term Government Leader Refs
Dewan Negara Vacant N/A 18 July 2018
1 year, 79 days
Dewan Rakyat Ismail Sabri Yaakob
(b. 1960)
MP for Bera
BN-UMNO 11 March 2019
208 days
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
(b. 1925)
MP for Langkawi
  1. ^ This column names only the opposition leader's party. The opposition bloc he heads may be a complex coalition of several parties and independents; those are not listed here.

State Legislative Assemblies[edit]

The Leader of the Opposition in Malaysian State Politics is a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Dewan Undangan Negeri (State Legislative Assembly). By convention, the position is held by the leader of the political party not in government that has the most seats in the Assembly. When in state legislative assembly, the Leader of the Opposition sits on the left-hand side of the centre table, in front of the Opposition and opposite the Menteri Besar/Chief Minister. The State Opposition Leader is elected by the minority party of the Assembly according to its rules. A new Opposition Leader may be elected when the incumbent dies, resigns, or is challenged for the leadership.

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system and is based on the Westminster model. The Opposition is an important component of the Westminster system, with the Opposition directing criticism at the Government's policies and programs, give close attention to all proposed legislation and attempts to defeat and replace the Government. The Opposition is therefore known as the 'government in waiting' and it is a formal part of the parliamentary system.

This is the list of current Leaders of Opposition in the Legislative Assemblies of the Malaysian states:

Current State Opposition Leaders
as of 21 March 2019
State (and Assembly) Opposition Leader Political party[a] Term Government Leader Refs
Johor Johor (14th) Ir. Hasni Mohammad
(b. )
MLA for Benut
BN-UMNO 28 June 2018
1 year, 99 days
Sahruddin Jamal
(b. 1975)
MLA for Bukit Kepong
Kedah Kedah (14th) Muhammad Sanusi Md. Nor
(b. )
MLA for Jeneri
PAS 4 July 2018
1 year, 93 days
Mukhriz Dr. Mahathir
(b. 1964)
MLA for Jitra
Kelantan Kelantan (14th) Md. Alwi Che Ahmad
(b. )
MLA for Kok Lanas
BN-UMNO 28 June 2018
1 year, 99 days
Ahmad Yaakob
(b. 1950)
MLA for Pasir Pekan
Malacca Malacca (14th) Ir. Idris Haron
(b. 1966)
MLA for Sungai Udang
BN-UMNO 19 July 2018
1 year, 78 days
Adly Zahari
(b. 1971)
MLA for Bukit Katil
Negeri Sembilan Negeri Sembilan (14th) Mohamad Hasan
(b. 1956)
MLA for Rantau
BN-UMNO 2 July 2018
1 year, 95 days
Aminuddin Harun
(b. 1967)
MLA for Sikamat
Pahang Pahang (14th) Vacant N/A 2 July 2018
1 year, 95 days
Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail
(b. 1957/1958)
MLA for Jelai
Penang Penang (14th) Muhamad Yusoff Mohd. Noor
(b. )
MLA for Sungai Dua
BN-UMNO 2 August 2018
1 year, 64 days
Chow Kon Yeow
(b. 1957)
MLA for Padang Kota
Perak Perak (14th) Saarani Mohamad
(b. 1962)
MLA for Kota Tampan
BN-UMNO 1 August 2018
1 year, 65 days
Ahmad Faizal Azumu
(b. 1970)
MLA for Chenderiang
Perlis Perlis (14th) Asrul Nizan Abd. Jalil
(b. )
MLA for Sena
PH - PKR 20 June 2018
1 year, 107 days
Azlan Man
(b. 1958)
MLA for Bintong
Sabah Sabah (15th) Musa Aman
(b. 1951)
MLA for Sungai Sibuga
BN - UMNO 11 June 2018
1 year, 116 days
Mohd. Shafie Apdal
(b. 1956)
MLA for Senallang
Sarawak Sarawak (19th) Chong Chieng Jen
(b. 1971)
MLA for Kota Sentosa
PH-DAP 10 June 2013
6 years, 117 days
Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg
(b. 1949)
MLA for Satok
Selangor Selangor (14th) Rizam Ismail
(b. 1980/1981)
MLA for Sungai Air Tawar
BN-UMNO 27 June 2018
1 year, 100 days
Amirudin Shari
(b. 1980)
MLA for Sungai Tua
Terengganu Terengganu (14th) Ahmad Said
(b. 1957)
MLA for Kijal
BN-UMNO 21 March 2019
198 days
Dr. Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar
(b. 1970)
MLA for Ru Rendang
  1. ^ This column names only the opposition leader's party. The opposition bloc he heads may be a complex coalition of several parties and independents; those are not listed here.


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