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Malaysia's fight against corruption seen tied to new PM Ismail Sabri's political strength

Malaysia's incoming Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob (centre) arrives at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, on Aug 20, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
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KUALA LUMPUR - The elevation of Ismail Sabri Yaakob as Malaysia's next prime minister has raised questions among political observers over whether the Umno vice-president will continue to push hard against corruption and kleptocracy which involve other party leaders.

Datuk Seri Ismail, 61, is slated to be sworn in on Saturday (Aug 21) as Malaysia's ninth prime minister - and the country's third prime minister in the three years since the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) lost at the hustings for the first time in 14 general elections.

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