Opposition (Malaysia)
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Opposition Malaysia

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.

Federal Parliament

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

House Opposition Leader Political party[a] Term Government Leader
Dewan Negara Vacant N/A 18 July 2018
2 years, 139 days
Dewan Rakyat Anwar Ibrahim
MP for Port Dickson
PH- PKR 13 July 2020
Muhyiddin Yassin
(b. 1947)
MP for Pagoh
  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

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 4 December 2020
State (and Assembly) Opposition Leader Political party[a] Term Government Leader Refs
Johor Johor (14th) Aminolhuda Hassan
MLA for Parit Yaani
PH-AMANAH 1 April 2020
247 days
Ir. Hasni Mohammad
MLA for Benut
Kedah Kedah (14th) Phahrolrazi Zawawi
(b. 1953)
MLA for Pengkalan Kundor
PH-AMANAH 18 July 2020
139 days
Muhd Sanusi Md Noor
(b. 1974)
MLA for Jeneri
Kelantan Kelantan (14th) Vacant Ahmad Yaakob
(b. 1950)
MLA for Pasir Pekan
Malacca Malacca (14th) Adly Zahari
(b. 1971)
MLA for Bukit Katil
PH-AMANAH 24 April 2020
224 days
Sulaiman Md Ali
(b. 1965)
MLA for Lendu
Negeri Sembilan Negeri Sembilan (14th) Mohamad Hasan
(b. 1956)
MLA for Rantau
BN-UMNO 2 July 2018
2 years, 155 days
Aminuddin Harun
(b. 1967)
MLA for Sikamat
Pahang Pahang (14th) Chiong Yoke Kong
MLA for Tanah Rata
PH-DAP 2 July 2018
2 years, 155 days
Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail
(b. 1958)
MLA for Jelai
Penang Penang (14th) Muhamad Yusoff Mohd. Noor
(b. 1963 )
MLA for Sungai Dua
BN-UMNO 2 August 2018
2 years, 124 days
Chow Kon Yeow
(b. 1957)
MLA for Padang Kota
Perak Perak (14th) Abdul Aziz Bari
(b. 1959 )
MLA for Tebing Tinggi
PH-DAP 9 May 2020
209 days
Vacant [7]
Perlis Perlis (14th) Asrul Nizan Abd. Jalil
(b. 1978 )
MLA for Sena
PH-PKR 20 June 2018
2 years, 167 days
Azlan Man
(b. 1958)
MLA for Bintong
Sabah Sabah (15th) Shafie Apdal
(b. 1956)
MLA for Senallang
WARISAN 29 September 2020
66 days
Hajiji Mohd. Noor
(b. 1955)
MLA for Sulaman
Sarawak Sarawak (19th) Wong Soon Koh
(b. 1942)
MLA for Bawang Assan
PSB 9 November 2020
25 days
Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg
(b. 1949)
MLA for Satok
Selangor Selangor (14th) Rizam Ismail
(b. 1981)
MLA for Sungai Air Tawar
BN-UMNO 27 June 2018
2 years, 160 days
Amirudin Shari
(b. 1980)
MLA for Sungai Tua
Terengganu Terengganu (14th) Vacant 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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  2. ^ "Aminolhuda Hassan appointed Johor Opposition leader, while state Pakatan promises assistance amidst Covid-19 crisis". Malay Mail. 1 April 2020. Retrieved 2020.
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