Malaysia PM Ismail Sabri to announce Cabinet on Friday

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has yet to form his Cabinet. PHOTO: REUTERS

KUANTAN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob will unveil his new Cabinet line-up on Friday (Aug 27), his office said after the newly-appointed premier's audience with the King on Thursday.

The Prime Minister's new Cabinet will be sworn in on Monday.

"The swearing-in of Federal ministers and deputy Federal ministers will take place on Aug 30, at 2.30pm," said the Prime Minister's Office.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Ismail had met the King in Kuantan.

Mr Ismail, Malaysia's ninth Prime Minister had left the Istana Abdulaziz in Kuantan around 1.40pm, having arrived around 10.54am and it is believed the audience was to discuss Mr Ismail's proposed Cabinet list.

Malaysia's King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, later consented to the presentation of the list of new Cabinet members by Prime Minister Ismail, the National Palace said in a statement on Thursday.

"During the royal audience which lasted about an hour and 30 minutes, the King had accepted the presentation of the new Cabinet list from the Prime Minister, following his swearing-in as the ninth Prime Minister," the statement read.

The newly-minted premier was supposed to have presented the list to the King, for approval on Wednesday before announcing the new ministers.

However, the audience with Sultan Abdullah was postponed with the King in Kuantan.

Sources have said that Mr Ismail is pressed to form a Cabinet before Aug 31 as a government needs to be formed in time for Hari Merdeka, or Independence Day. Malaysia has never been without a government during Independence Day.

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