PETALING JAYA: Senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob has been appointed deputy prime minister, the Prime Minister’s Office announced today.
Meanwhile, foreign minister Hishammuddin Hussein has been appointed a senior minister.
Hishammuddin will take over the security portfolio previously led by Ismail.
The PMO said Ismail’s appointment would help Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in managing the governing of the country and addressing the people’s needs amid the health and economic crises.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong has been informed of the two appointments which are effective immediately,” it said in a statement today.
“It is hoped that their appointments can increase the Perikatan Nasional government’s ability in facing the pandemic, strengthen unity among component parties and reinforce the PN government.”
Ismail is also Umno vice-president, while Hishammuddin is Barisan Nasional’s treasurer.
Ismail’s appointment as deputy prime minister comes after high-profile meetings among Umno leaders the past few days, with speculation that the party was going to quit the government sooner than August.