• Ilona Andrew

Ismail Sabri appointed as Malaysia's new Prime Minister, Umno back on top


20 Aug 2021

By Ilona Andrew


KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah has appointed Umno Vice President Datuk Ismail Sabri as Malaysia's ninth Prime Minister, the National Palace confirmed.


The matter was informed by the National Palace's Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja, Datuk Indera Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin in a statement today.


With Ismail Sabri's appointment, Umno is now back in the driver's seat after losing to Pakatan Harapan in the 14th General Election in 2018.


Voters booted out the party three years ago after more than 60 years of uninterrupted rulling due to allegations of corruption, which includes the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.


Tomorrow, 61-year-old Ismail Sabri, who was said to have the slim majority of support of 114 MPs, will be sworn in at 2.30pm at the palace.


The statement came after the King met with other royal rulers earlier today to discuss the situation.


His Majesty expressed that the new 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.


"His Majesty also expressed 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.


"His Majesty reiterated that the people should not be burdened with endless political turmoil at a time when the country is struggling with health issues and economic crisis due to the pandemic.


"Members of the Dewan Rakyat are also reminded to show solidarity by giving priority, high commitment and the best service to the people," the statement read.


Ismail Sabri was rallied behind by Barisan Nasional alliance - 37 MPs from Umno, 31 from Bersatu, 18 from PAS, 18 from GPS, two from MCA, one each from STAR, PBS, MIC and PBRS, as well as four Independent MPs.