The most effective way to do this is to quickly form a Shadow Cabinet

By Asyraf Adlan


Briefly, we in Barisan Nasional (BN) must accept the decision of the rakyat, congratulate the new government and strive to embrace our new and unfamiliar role as the Opposition.

So what makes a good opposition?

“The role of the Official Opposition is to question and scrutinise the work of the government,” according to the Official UK Parliament website located at

In other words, a good opposition serves as a checks and balance in Parliament to ensure that debates in parliament regarding laws and policies are relevant, effective and concise.

In Malaysia, BN possesses the unique potential to make a good opposition because many of its MPs who remain in parliament after the recent general election have real experience in administrating the federal government.

As such, those BN MPs would be the best people to question and advise the new government for the betterment of the rakyat.

At the same time the most obvious weakness of BN must be addressed; the coalition is facing an internal crisis over its first truly significant loss.

However, it is more important to push on and put the best interests of the rakyat before our own.

The most effective way to do this is to quickly form a Shadow Cabinet.

Referring again to the UK official Parliament website; “The Shadow Cabinet consists of members from the main opposition party in the House of Commons and Lords, currently the Labour party. Its role is to examine the work of each government department and develop policies in their specific areas.”

This means a good Shadow Cabinet would consist of the most qualified opposition parliamentarians regardless of their positions within their respective parties and the coalition’s internal politics in general.

In this way, though BN will face challenges, internal conflicts and power struggles, it will not diminish the service we are duty-bound to provide to the rakyat.

Asyraf Adlan was the special officer to the previous Johor Bharu MP and Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Council (BNBBC) chairman Shahrir Samad.