20 May 2015

DAP’s Shadow Cabinet a progressive step

On 19 May 2015, DAP Secretary General Mr Lim Guan Eng announced the formatiom of a shadow cabinet by the party. Responding to this, IDEAS Chief Executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan said:

“This step is most welcome and I applaud the DAP for taking this progressive step. The country badly needs a strong and structured opposition and a shadow cabinet is key to strengthening the opposition. This move by the DAP will ensure there can be a more coherent effort to make the executive accountable for their actions. I also want to congratulate IDEAS Council member YB Dr Ong Kian Ming for his appointment into the shadow cabinet.”

“It is disappointing that Pakatan Rakyat has not been able to announce a united shadow cabinet. PKR and PAS both have to catch up quickly and show some maturity. Similarly, parties from both Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional too have to follow the example set by the federal DAP in states where they are not in government. We need to see the birth of shadow cabinets there as well.”

“If we follow the Westminster convention, the federal government should provide financial allocation to the shadow cabinet. DAP is the biggest opposition party in parliament and they have now announced their line up. I urge the federal government to announce a suitable allocation in the 2016 Budget Speech which will be delivered later this year. If in the future a shadow cabinet is formed by the coalition as a whole, then the disbursement structure can be redesigned. But for now, DAP’s move deserve to be supported and acknowledged.”

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