Malaysian opposition leader Wan Azizah to revive Pakatan Rakyat shadow Cabinet

Newly appointed opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (above) has pledged to to revive Malaysia's Pakatan Rakyat (PR) shadow cabinet during a press conference in Parliament on May 18, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA
Newly appointed opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (above) has pledged to to revive Malaysia's Pakatan Rakyat (PR) shadow cabinet during a press conference in Parliament on May 18, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Newly appointed opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on Monday pledged to revive Malaysia's Pakatan Rakyat (PR) shadow cabinet.

She said the shadow cabinet committee would be made up of one Member of Parliament from every opposition party for each ministry.

"This is to improve the check and balance for the people's interest," she said at a press conference in Parliament.

But she said the priority in the opposition coalition was to have "heart to heart" discussions with the top leadership on the common policy framework.

Wan Azizah was sworn into parliament earlier on Monday as opposition leader after winning the seat vacated by her husband Anwar Ibrahim when he was jailed on a sodomy conviction, AFP reported. 

Her return to parliament after seven years marks the second time that Wan Azizah, 62, has stepped in to lead the opposition after one of her husband’s controversial imprisonments. She faces the task of healing sharp divisions within the diverse three-party PR opposition alliance that Anwar has led to the brink of power but whose future is now uncertain with the removal of its central figure.

The PR has been divided after alliance member Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) decided to push a Private Member's Bill on hudud, the Islamic penal code, in the August House.

Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah confirmed that a notice to table the hudud Bill had been submitted by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to the Dewan Rakyat about two weeks ago.

The Bill is aimed at paving the way for the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.