KUALA LUMPUR: The new Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers were sworn in and took their oaths of office, loyalty and secrecy before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara here.
The guests began arriving an hour earlier at about 1pm yesterday so that they could undergo Covid-19 swab tests before the start of the proceedings.
The ceremony at Balairong Seri, which began at 2.30pm, was also attended by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob could not attend the ceremony as he is in self-quarantine for having been a close contact of a Covid-19 patient.
Former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also attended the ceremony.
During the ceremony which lasted about an hour and 30 minutes, the ministers and deputy ministers took their oaths in several groups before the King, who presented them with their instruments of appointment.
They then proceeded to sign their instruments of appointment which were certified by Chief Justice Tan Sri Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohammad Zuki Ali.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong was among the first group of seven ministers who took their oaths before the King.
The group, which was led by Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, included Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Jidin and Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.
The second batch of ministers then took their oaths.
Headed by Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, they comprised Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan and Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa headed the third batch comprising Datuk Seri Rina Harun, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Khairy Jamaluddin, Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah headed the fourth batch which comprised Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, Datuk Abdul Latiff Ahmad, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.
Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid headed the final batch of ministers comprising Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and Idris Ahmad.
The deputy ministers then took their turn in groups to take their oaths of office, loyalty and secrecy before the King.
It is understood that Tan Sri Noh Omar could not attend the ceremony as he was under self-quarantine, while Second Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mohamad Alamin could not attend after he tested positive for Covid-19.
The Cabinet line-up was announced by Ismail Sabri on Aug 27, seven days after he took the oath of office as the ninth Prime Minister before His Majesty on Aug 21.
He replaced Muhyiddin, who resigned on Aug 16.
The ministers and deputy ministers, some of them accompanied by their spouses, were fully masked, while the event was held in strict accordance with the Covid-19 SOP.