Agong Sultan Abdullah today named Ismail Sabri as the country’s ninth prime minister. Ismail, who was deputy prime minister in the Muhyiddin government, will be sworn in tomorrow at 2.30 pm
Ismail Sabri, with a majority support of 114 MPs, has been appointed prime minister —– succeeding Muhyiddin Yassin amid the surge in Covid-19 cases, economic downfall, and public rage over him mishandling the pandemic.
The 61-year old has been a federal minister for a long time and has served as parliament’s opposition leader for a year. He was appointed as minister for youth and sports in 2008.
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Ismail Sabri’s win has regained UMNO’S leadership after losing the election three years ago — – – – after public outrage over corruption and the multi-billion-dollar scandal at the state fund 1MDB. He is a member and vice-president of UMNO.
He served as deputy prime minister under Muhyiddin Yassin’s government for the shortest duration of only 40 days. He also served under Barisan Nasional in several cabinet positions. He was the 15th leader of the Pakatan Harapan administration until it collapsed in 2020.
He also served as a defence minister in Perikatan Nasional from March 2020 to August 2021 and has been a member of Parliament for Bera since 2004.
However, he has been a part of various controversies over the years.
Earlier in 2015, he sparked a fire with a Facebook post urging Malay consumers to boycott Chinese businesses. While in the same year, he proposed to set uo a ‘Low Yat 2’ digital gadget mall solely for Malay traders.
Yesterday, an online petition was launched against him by Change.org rejecting him as PM, which has gained more than 200,000 signatures so far.