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 the Opposition in the Parliament of Malaysia:

House Opposition Leader Political party[lower-alpha 1] Term Government Leader
Dewan NegaraVacantN/A18 July 2018
4 years, 197 days
Vacant
Dewan RakyatHamzah Zainuddin
(b. 1957)
MP for Larut
PN (BERSATU)10 December 2022
52 days
Anwar Ibrahim
(b.)
MP for Tambun
  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).

In each state, the Leader of the Opposition is the leader of the largest political party in the State Assembly that is not in government.

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 31 January 2023
State (and Assembly) Opposition Leader Political party[lower-alpha 1] Term Government Leader Refs
Johor (15th)Andrew Chen Kah Eng
(b. 1975)
MLA for Stulang
PH-DAP11 December 2022
51 days
Onn Hafiz Ghazi
(b. 1979)
MLA for Machap
[1]
Kedah (14th)VacantN/A18 December 2022
44 days
Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor
(b. 1974)
MLA for Jeneri
[2]
Kelantan (14th)Md Alwi Che Ahmad
(b. unknown)
MLA for Kok Lanas
BN-UMNO28 June 2018
4 years, 217 days
Ahmad Yaakob
(b. 1950)
MLA for Pasir Pekan
Malacca (15th)Mohd Yadzil Yaakub
(b. 1978)
MLA for Bemban
PN-BERSATU13 December 2022
49 days
Sulaiman Md Ali
(b. 1965)
MLA for Lendu
[3][4]
Negeri Sembilan (14th)Mohamad Hasan
(b. 1956)
MLA for Rantau
BN-UMNO2 July 2018
4 years, 213 days
Aminuddin Harun
(b. 1967)
MLA for Sikamat
[5]
Pahang (15th)Tuan Ibrahim
(b.1960)
MLA for Cheka
PN-PAS6 December 2022
56 days
Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail
(b. 1958)
MLA for Jelai
[6]
Penang (14th)Muhamad Yusoff Mohd Noor
(b. 1963)
MLA for Sungai Dua
BN-UMNO2 August 2018
4 years, 182 days
Chow Kon Yeow
(b. 1957)
MLA for Padang Kota
[7]
Perak (15th)Razman Zakaria
(b. 1960)
MLA for Gunong Semanggol
PN-PAS9 December 2022
53 days
Saarani Mohamad
(b.1961)
MLA for Kota Tampan
Perlis (15th)Gan Ay Ling

(unofficial)
(b. unknown)
MLA for Indera Kayangan

PH-PKR20 November 2022
72 days
Mohd Shukri Ramli
(b. 1961)
MLA for Sanglang
Sabah (15th)Shafie Apdal
(b. 1956)
MLA for Senallang
WARISAN29 September 2020
2 years, 124 days
Hajiji Mohd. Noor
(b. 1956)
MLA for Sulaman
Sarawak (19th)Wong Soon Koh
(b. 1942)
MLA for Bawang Assan
PSB9 November 2020
2 years, 83 days
Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg
(b. 1949)
MLA for Gedong
[8]
Selangor (14th)Rizam Ismail
(b. 1982)
MLA for Sungai Air Tawar
BN-UMNO27 June 2018
4 years, 218 days
Amirudin Shari
(b. 1980)
MLA for Sungai Tua
[9]
Terengganu (14th)Ahmad Said
(b. 1957)
MLA for Kijal
BN-UMNO21 March 2019
3 years, 316 days
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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