(Mar 13): The new Malay Muslim-majority ruling coalition — Perikatan Nasional (PN) — was forged on the shifting sands of political turmoil after the break-up of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government after 22 months in power. In his first televised speech as the eighth prime minister of Malaysia, Muhyiddin Yassin — who led the group that broke ranks with its PH partners — pledged to be prime minister for all Malaysians despite his new coalition being dominated by Malay Muslim political parties.

On March 9, Muhyiddin made the unexpected move of appointing a new Cabinet without a deputy prime minister. In the place of DPM, he appointed four senior ministers to help him to carry out his tasks as prime minister.

The senior ministers are: Mohamed Azmin Ali, former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president, who is named Minister of International Trade and Industry; United Malays National Organisation (Umno) vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Minister of Defence); Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu senior vice-president Fadillah Yusof (Minister of Works); as well as Bersatu information chief Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (Minister of Education).

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