Breaking news! Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has been appointed as the 9th Prime Minister of Malaysia by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and will sworn in at the Istana Negara tomorrow (21 August).
The decision to appoint Ismail Sabri as the next Prime Minister comes after Agong’s meeting with the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara at 2.30pm today.
In addition, the Agong has also met the 114 Members of Parliament (MP) who pledged their support for Ismail Sabri as the next Prime Minister.
The matter was also announced by the Istana Negara through their Facebook page, where they explained that His Majesty has decreed to appoint Ismail Sabri as the 9th Prime Minister in accordance with Article 40(2)(a) and Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution.
“His Majesty expressed his view that with the appointment of the Prime Minister, the Government must continue its efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic immediately for the benefit and security of the people and the well-being of the country which is greatly affected by the crisis and the threat of this pandemic.”
“His Majesty expressed the hope that with the appointment of the new Prime Minister, the political crisis can be ended immediately and all Members of the House of Representatives can set aside the political agenda with unity and agree to work for Covid-19 in the interest of the people and the country.”
“His Majesty reiterated the view that the people should not be burdened with endless political turmoil at a time when the country is struggling with health issues and economic depression due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of the Dewan Rakyat are also reminded to show solidarity by giving priority, high commitment and the best service to the people.”
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Read the statement from Istana Negara here: