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In keeping allies happy, Malaysia's new Prime Minister opts for old Cabinet

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob picked a near-identical Cabinet to that of his previous boss, on Aug 27, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob may not have branded his government under any specific political coalition, but his Cabinet line-up likely points to minimal changes and the continuation of his predecessor's policies, which were heavily criticised amid the worsening Covid-19 situation.

The former prime minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, was forced to resign last week after losing the support of a number of parliamentarians in Umno, which helped to prop up his Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.

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