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Rough guide to Dr M's first week in office

Malaysiakini Team  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Pakatan Harapan's victory in the 14th general election last week triggered a whirlwind of events following Dr Mahathir Mohamad's installation as prime minister.

There have been cabinet positions filled, internal arguments, resignations and a major comeback.

Malaysiakini has compiled a list of major events in the past week.

May 10

  • Mahathir is sworn in as the country's 7th prime minister

May 12

  • A Council of Eminent Persons is formed

  • Lim Guan Eng, Muhyiddin Yassin, and Mohamad Sabu are named for three top cabinet posts

  • Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor are barred from leaving the country

  • Najib resigns as Umno and BN chief

May 13

  • Mahathir instructs Inland Revenue Board to return taxes collected 'illegally'

May 14

  • Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali goes on unrecorded leave, duties taken over by solicitor-general

  • MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad resigns

  • Treasurer general Irwan Serigar Abdullah's contract shortened, transferred to Public Service Department

  • Mahathir says laws on fake news will be clearly defined

  • Mahathir says political appointments in government linked companies will be reviewed

May 15

  • Audit Department declassifies its 1MDB report

  • Council of Eminent Persons sets up a committee on institutional reforms

  • Apandi Ali, Irwan Serigar, Dzulkifli and former IGP Khalid Abu Bakar barred from leaving the country

May 16

  • Anwar Ibrahim is freed from prison after receiving full pardon

  • 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy is also barred from leaving the country

  • Police search Najib's house

  • Government announces GST will be zero-rated effective June 1 zero-rated

  • Mahathir to sack 17,000 political appointees from civil service

  • Registrar of Societies approves Pakatan Harapan's registration.

  • Ministries instructed to cease use of 1Malaysia slogan

  • Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia 2.0 (KR1M) programme ceased

  • Board meetings of the Cooperatives Commission of Malaysia and committees which have political appointees to be postponed

May 17

  • Mahathir appoints himself as education minister

  • Police search at Najib's house continues

  • Police arrest man for insulting Mahathir.

  • Finance Ministry initiates fiscal reforms

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