KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob will miss the swearing-in ceremony of his new Cabinet on Monday (Aug 30) as he is on self-quarantine after being declared a close contact of a COVID-19 patient.
A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office read: “The prime minister will not be attending the presentation of letters of appointment and the swearing-in ceremony of the federal ministers and deputy ministers before King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah this afternoon.”
The statement added that Mr Ismail Sabri will be participating in the national day celebration in Putrajaya on Tuesday virtually.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Deputy Education Minister Mohamad Alamin will not attend the ceremony as he has been infected with COVID-19.
The new Malaysian Cabinet is scheduled to be sworn in before King Al-Sultan Abdullah at the national palace at 2.30pm on Monday, a day before the country’s 64th national day.
The Cabinet unveiled by Mr Ismail Sabri last Friday comprises 31 ministers and 38 deputy ministers.
There are four senior ministers in lieu of a deputy prime minister, namely Mr Mohamed Azmin Ali from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), Mr Hishammuddin Hussein from United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Senator Mohd Radzi Md Jidin from Bersatu as well as Mr Fadillah Yusof of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Mr Mohamed Azmin remained as international trade and industry minister. Dr Mohd Radzi and Mr Fadillah also keep their education and works portfolios respectively.
Mr Hishammuddin, who was the foreign minister, is now defence minister.