PM9 Sworn In

SHAH ALAM: PM9 Sworn in. Former DPM and Defense Minister DS Ismail Sabri Yaakob, 61, was sworn in today as the country’s ninth Prime Minister. Ismail Sabri is the third PM after the May 2018 general elections, with Tun Mahathir Mohammad and TS Muhyiddin Yassin preceding him.

With the swearing in of PM9, the spotlight now falls on the Cabinet lineup, and for us the ministers for the national security cluster, defense and home.

Ismail Sabri at his swearing in ceremony at Istana Negara today with the King. Bernama

I am still off the opinion that Ismail Sabri should also be the defense minister though this is highly unlikely. It is likely that the Padang Tembak job will go to one of his Umno colleagues, though I am not guessing who will that be.

Ismail Sabri and MAF brass posed with the Tarantula MRAP last April. ATM picture

It is unlikely to be former ministers like Hishammuddin Hussein,Zahid Hamidi and Najib Razak for various reasons already explained in the previous post.

Ismail at BNS getting the briefing on the LCS project in November 2020. Kementerian Pertahanan.

As for the Home Ministry job, it is likely to be one of the jobs going to Bersatu, the other linchpin party of the current Perikatan National. It could be the immediate former minister, Hamzah Zainuddin. It is unlikely former Home Ministers including Muhyiddin and Hishammuddin will be considered for the job. I guess we will have to wait and see then.

— Malaysian Defence

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  1. Hehehe. Maybe in the spirit of unity Government, Anwar could be interested to take the Menhan post.

    After all, Sabri’s rise continues the tradition of our PM coming from the ranks who had risen thru as Menhan.

  2. Fazrin – “Whatever happen hope defense budget go up”

    Never mind about it going “up” ..

    Just hope it doesn’t go “down” and that whatever has been cleared for funding is not delayed.

  3. @dundun
    I’d prefer KJ to get DPM but still in charge of the national vaccination efforts. As for Menhan, a well respected technocrat from private sector with experience in defence matters or have ties with them, but since we’re bereft of that and with politics of compromise, someone from Bersatu who won’t make a clown of himself.

  4. PM9 have confirmed his Cabinet will be a party of allies. So we can rule out a member of the Opposition unless that someone willingly jump ship.

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