MALAYSIA

A summary of headlines in the month of August 2021

Written by Renee' Lai

August 30th Sees the New Cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR: Just as everyone is still shaken by Covid-19, Malaysia once again witnesses the fall and rise of a new Cabinet. A whirlwind of occurrences followed the resignation of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who lost the majority support in Parliament and whose proposed bipartisan cooperation was rejected by political parties. 

 

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob took the reins on August 20 and is leading the nation as the ninth Prime Minister. 

 

On the 30th of August, 31 Ministers and 38 Deputy Ministers swore by the oath of office, loyalty and secrecy at the Istana Negara before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

 

The Prime Minister, who titled this line-up as the ‘result-orientated Cabinet’, reformulated as such in hopes of stabilizing the nation who is overwhelmed by the current situation.

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Malaysia’s First Gold Medallist

TOKYO: After Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik bagged a bronze Olympic medal and Azizulhasni Awang a silver, powerlifting champion Bonnie Bunyau Gustin brings home Malaysia’s first gold medal in the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020.

 

Bonnie exhibited exceptional performance throughout the event and eventually won first in the 72kg category. This beckoned a moment for him to bask in his glory and for every Malaysian to appreciate his hard work and perseverance. 

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High Court to Decide on 1MDB-linked Scandal

KUALA LUMPUR: On November 8, the High Court will deliver its decision on the Government’s application to forfeit assets linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal previously seized from former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Tazak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and 16 others.

 

Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said, "I need about two months to deliver my decision and written judgment” and proceeded to set the date. The assets include various branded handbags, shoes, vehicles, land and money amounting to more than RM18 million.

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