Shadow cabinet to topple gov’t?

The Star yesterday quoted newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as saying that “Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s decision to form a shadow Cabinet shows that the PKR de facto leader plans to topple the government. “

This statement struck me as odd because I used to think that such an action on the part of the Opposition in a democracy is legitimate, as is the case in countries like the UK.

In fact, one would expect the Opposition to have a shadow cabinet so as to monitor the performance of  the government of the day as well as offer alternative policies.

Besides, can a legitimate change of government in a democracy be likened to a ‘toppling’ of government?

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15 Responses to “Shadow cabinet to topple gov’t?”


  1. 1 Nick 13 April 2009 at 10:28 am

    I agree. Same feeling for me. In fact, Muhyiddin should focus his energies in his own “Organization” rather than worry about what the competitors is trying to do. In the private sector, we do this all the time. We are wary of what our competitors do, but we never let it show. Muhyiddin would do better by rolling up his shirt and getting on with the job. After all, BN has only 3+ years to go before GE13. And if they don’t reform, the Rakyat will reform them, that is, the Rakyat will topple BN.

  2. 2 Edwin 13 April 2009 at 11:04 am

    PM Malaysia: DSAI
    DPM West Malaysia : Kit Siang & Nizar
    DPM Borneo : Any PKR elected MP from Borneo or potential defector.

  3. 3 Pat 13 April 2009 at 11:08 am

    Such an excellent point you make, Mustafa. Isn’t a shadow cabinet a necessity? It would ensure a smooth transition of power from one bunch to the other. No toppling whatsoever.

    Even before 8 March, that is what I felt: that Anwar needed to show us his shadow cabinet: so that we could see what the ‘alternative’ was. There’s no point in promising us all sorts of stuff, and then when we vote them in, they start hmm-ing and hah-ing and nothing happens!

    SO: where’s this Shadow Cabinet we’ve been promised?

    Ideally, I’d like to see these guys take it in turns – both Pakatan and Barisan. That way, we’d have a choice, and see some real governance, for a change. It’ll keep everyone on their toes – and that can only auger well for us. But that’s in an ideal world, and we all know it’s far from ideal now, especially with all this toppling talk.

    So Anwar, enough already. Show me your line-up lah!

  4. 4 Gon 13 April 2009 at 11:09 am

    If it is true that Mr Muhyiddin said what he said, that is shocking. Maybe he ain’t as smart as we thought he was.

    Surely he knows UMNO don’t need to be toppled; Just voted out of office, that’s all. Doesn’t require a rocket scientist to figure that out.

    Besides, what is worried about the shadow cabinet for? Is UMNO feeling vulnerable because they are not exactly competent hands-on ministers? Or is it they fear Pakatan’s competency and expertise? UMNO has much much more resources. Why fear a well organised Pakatan?

    Can’t figure these UMNO guys! Can they or can’t they run the country?

  5. 5 Maverick 13 April 2009 at 11:18 am

    Fairdinkum ,
    afraid, very afraid ……

  6. 6 2nd class 13 April 2009 at 11:41 am

    What shadow gov? Tony Pua had said no such thing. The opposition has really no guts to put this up. This is just a scam by Anwar. They have no gut to put a chinese as deputy prime minister.

  7. 7 wira 13 April 2009 at 12:20 pm

    It is sad that BN, instead of welcoming the formation of a shadow cabinet to monitor government policies of the various ministries so that Malaysia can be a better country, chose to belittle and politicise the issue.

    It shows a recalcitrant government that is trapped in a state of mind of its own making, incapable of improvement and reform.
    Their only way out is perhaps to take on the role of an opposition.

  8. 8 darin 13 April 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Ok 2nd Class let me put it another way to you minus the expletives. What the PR are trying to do is, while all manner of obstacles abound(UMNO controlled) is to intelligently negotiate those obstacles within such legal perimeters, and in due course introduce and implement a legitimate process, that would open up to Malaysians the processes that we can get used to and begin to understand it’s workings instilling and implementing responsibility, accountability, ie. to develop the language and culture for democracy and it’s attendant spaces in governance and civil society. Aside from M. Taib do the rest of you speak English…

  9. 9 Nick 13 April 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Dear 2nd class, what is so wrong with a chinese DPM? I suspect DSAI is brave enough to chance this. Pink lips has already brooched the concept of 1Malaysia. So Chinese and Indians also got same chance lah.

  10. 10 Hamba 13 April 2009 at 1:03 pm

    IT SHOWS THE STUPIDITY AND THE DECEIVING MENTALITY OF UMNO LEADERSHIP AT ITS WORSE….AND IT IS WORSE WHEN REPORTED BY BIASED AND SYCOPHANTIC REPORTER AND THEIR PROSTITUTE PUBLICATION…OWNED BY UMNO AND BN…DO YOU EXPECT ANYTHING LESS? APPARENTLY, THE RAKYAT EXPECTED THIS AND PROPERLY REJECTED THEM…SERVE THEM RIGHT…UMNO AND BN OWNED PAPERS, HOW’S YOUR CIRCULATION FIGURES? GLOOMY, YES AND IN THE RECESSION TOO…I WON’T BE PRAYING FOR YOU, THAT’S FOR SURE!

  11. 11 mark murau sumon 13 April 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I’m really sad about the new cabinet line-up from Najib.
    The Bidayuh community totally out from the new cabinet recently,
    even as a Deputy Minister in Federal govt. I think it’s time for all the Bidayuh MPs should cross over to PKR Teach Najib a lesson. He always keep on saying that Rakyat didahulukan.
    ….

  12. 12 joenathan 13 April 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Anwar should have actually formed a shadow cabinet, soon after the 12th GE, that is the way forward. Much time has been wasted by Anwar, courting those hopeless BN MPs to cross over. If he is serious now, he should pick those who are capable and sincere irrespective of race or religion.

  13. 13 grkme 13 April 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I only pray things come true.

  14. 14 telur dua 13 April 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Someone farts and he’ll say the guy wants to topple the Govt. What a nincompoop.

    BTW, En Muhyddin, an UMNO Deputy President is suppose to be seen and not heard and don’t let that position go to your head. Just sit there and be a good boy. Don’t give yourself too much respect. If you want any advice, kindly ask Musa Hitam and Anwar Ibrahim. Tun Ghafar could offer you valuable advise too, but unfortunately he’s no longer with us.

    You are the Education Minister first, right? Don’t you have enough on your hands trying to improve the @#$%-up education system?

    In the unfortunate event the PM dies in office or have to resign in disgrace then good for you. Otherwise you are suppose to be invisible.

  15. 15 Umar Rentaka 13 April 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Not just shadow Cabinet. When Obama visited England recently, he also met the Opposition Leader, the Tory leader, Mr. Cameron.


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