Will Pakatan Rakyat Reveal Their Shadow Cabinet?
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP national deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw said Pakatan Rakyat will reveal their shadow cabinet only after Barisan Nasional revealed theirs.
Dr Tan said: “Let BN announce their cabinet line-up first. Why should we announce it before we are elected? It is too premature to do so.”
He further added: “Why don’t you ask BN? Let us know who their new ministers are (going to be).”
The Kepong MP said calls for Pakatan to form a shadow cabinet is a deliberate attempt by BN to create trouble to the opposition coalition.
“This is BN’s way of telling us and trying to show to the people as if we have no brain to form a government.”
Dr Tan added,” We have our plan and strategy on this matter. If we don’t have any idea on setting up a government, we will not even be in politics.”
He confirmed if Pakatan wins in the next general election, opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be appointed as the Prime Minister.
Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim who quit the DAP and his position as its national vice chairmanhad questioned Pakatan’s leadership ability as the coalition could not even agree on a shadow Cabinet and if they win Putrajaya, they will be looking around at each other on who is going to occupy cabinet posts.
“When you move into Putrajaya, you (Pakatan) will be hitting the ground running and the country cannot wait while you are quarrelling among yourselves,” Tunku Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying.
A blog post at Kepal Nasi Kepal Beras stated if Pakatan fails to be clear about its own shadow cabinet, it is a big sign that the opposition is not fit to form a government under Malaysia’s complex situation where all races, religions and ethnicities is taken into consideration.
The blogger Kamarulzaman Kamdias wrote Malaysians should be more tactful when voting the government of their choice to ensure the nation’s peace and economic stability.
“If the leaders and parties who form the government are only able to manage and mobilise street demonstrations, the country is heading fast to destruction,” Kamarulzaman added.
On May 20 Finance Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin had reportedly urged opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to name his shadow cabinet this month in order to show transparency.
Awang Adek said the people have the right to know (of their shadow cabinet) before the election in order for them to make an informed decision in voting their leaders.
Another post at Sarawak Update stated Pakatan had been trying to show to the public that the coalition is compact and well knitted but in reality it is the other way around as it still fails to to form the shadow cabinet.
The post read: “Until now, the opposition has failed to come out with a shadow cabinet, which is very important in a two-party system. At the state level, the Pakatan Rakyat attempted to form one shadow cabinet but it was shot down by their partner before it could take off.
“The people must ask are they serious about the two-party system? Or are they more interested in creating a chauvinistic two-way party system?”
(By: Azreen Hani /Graphic: The Mole/ www.mole.my)