Malaysia's new Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers sworn in before King

Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah (right) handing the instrument of appointment to Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali at the swearing-in ceremony on Aug 30, 2021. PHOTO: BERNAMA
Each minister read out his oaths of office, loyalty and secrecy at Istana Negara. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's new Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers were sworn in before the King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, at the national palace on Monday (Aug 30).

Each minister read out his oaths of office, loyalty and secrecy at Istana Negara during the ceremony, which started at 2.30pm.

The ministers took their oaths in groups, with the first group of seven comprising International Trade and Industry Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz, Works Minister Fadillah Yusof, Education Minister Radzi Jidin, Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong and Human Resources Minister M. Saravanan.

The Cabinet line-up was announced by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob last Friday, seven days after he took the oath of office as the ninth premier before the King on Aug 20.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri replaced Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who had resigned as prime minister on Aug 16 after losing majority support in Parliament and his proposed bipartisan cooperation was rejected by political parties.

Mr Ismail was unable to attend the swearing-in of the ministers as he is under quarantine following close contact with a Covid-19 patient, his office said in a statement on Monday. His office did not say how long he would be in quarantine.

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