Zahid: No decision yet on opposition leader

Zahid says opposition leader will be announced on July 16, the day Parliament sits. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: Umno acting president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the party would decide on a parliamentary opposition leader in the coming weeks after consultation with party MPs.

The former deputy prime minister said it would hold talks with Umno MPs and would only reveal all on July 16, which is when Parliament would convene for the first time after the May 9 polls.

“As of now, we have yet to decide on this. We are going to have a sit-down and discuss with other opposition leaders as well.

“We will announce our opposition leader on July 16,” Zahid told FMT.

Meanwhile, Umno’s Padang Rengas MP Nazri Aziz said he was not qualified to be the opposition leader as he did not hold a high post in the party.

“It should go to the president, deputy president or vice-president. I have not contested any posts since 2000.

“I will support whoever becomes opposition leader,” he said.

The federal opposition currently comprises Barisan Nasional (BN), with 56 seats in Parliament. Of the 56 seats held by BN, Umno has 53.

The other opposition parties include Gabungan Parti Sarawak (19 seats), PAS (18), and one each from Sabah STAR, PBS and PBRS.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) has 116 seats in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat, with Warisan (eight reps) and Upko (one) supporting them.

The status of Bagan Serai MP Noor Azmi Ghazali is still unclear after he resigned from Umno, stating he was joining PPBM. PPBM has yet to decide on his pending membership.