Sabri waves to reporters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Reuters-Yonhap)
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Malaysia's new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Sunday he will inviteopposition leaders to join the government's special committeesto address the COVID-19 crisis.
Ismail Sabri took charge on Saturday with a slim parliamentary majority as the SoutheastAsian nation battles its worst COVID-19 surge and public angergrows over mismanagement of the pandemic.
The 61-year-old was deputy premier in the administration ofMuhyiddin Yassin, which collapsed on Monday due to coalitioninfighting - the second government to fall since generalelections in 2018.
In a televised address, Ismail Sabri said he will invite theleadership of the opposition to be part of the NationalRecovery Council and the Special Committee on COVID-19.
"I understand that the political turmoil that has besiegedthe country have distressed the public. Therefore, it isimperative that political stability is swiftly achieved through togetherness, and this includes cross-party cooperation," he said.
The new premier also said he will enhance the previous government's COVID-19 strategy. He was a key minister in chargeof framing Malaysia's pandemic response under the Muhyiddin administration.
Malaysia's infections and deaths are southeast Asia'shighest relative to population.