March 2, 2020 / 2:44 PM / a month ago

Malaysia's new PM says will prioritize stamping out corruption, abuse of power

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin signs a document on his first day at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, March 2, 2020. Malaysia Information Department/Wazari Wazir/Handout via REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s new prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Monday his government will focus on efforts stamp out corruption and abuse of power.

“The government under my leadership will prioritize efforts to increase the integrity and good practices by government. This includes efforts to stamp out corruption and abuse of power and improving enforcement and the relevant laws, regulations and practices,” Muhyiddin said in his first speech since being sworn in as premier on Sunday.

Muhyiddin also said he will appoint cabinet members from among those who are clean and with integrity.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan, writing by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Toby Chopra

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