0:00 – THE BIG STORY
0:58 – MUHYIDDIN YASSIN RESIGNS AS MALAYSIA’S PRIME MINISTER, APPOINTED AS CARETAKER PM
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will stay on as Malaysia’s prime minister in a caretaker capacity, the National Palace said in a statement, after the King accepted the leader’s resignation on Monday (Aug 16) following an audience at the Palace. He will perform the prime minister’s duties until his successor is appointed. Read more: https://str.sg/3wr9
In the statement, Malaysia’s King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, also added that holding general elections in the near future “is not the best option” due to the welfare and security of the people. Malaysia Bureau Chief Shannon Teoh shares more.
8:55 – TALEBAN IN CONTROL OF AFGHANISTAN AFTER SEIZING KABUL
Meanwhile, United States troops fired shots into the air and all commercial flights were cancelled at Kabul airport on Monday as thousands of Afghans crowded onto the tarmac in the hope of catching any flight out after the weekend Taleban takeover.
Dramatic footage posted on social media showed a scene of chaos on the runway, with civilians frantically clambering up an already overcrowded and buckling set of air-stairs. Read more: https://str.sg/3wHK
9:46 – COVID-19 SINGAPORE UPDATE
12:30 – TEEN WHO SUFFERED CARDIAC ARREST AFTER JAB UNDERGOING REHAB
Back home, a 16-year-old boy who suffered a cardiac arrest after his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is recovering steadily, and has received $225,000 under the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (VIFAP).
He is currently undergoing inpatient rehabilitation and can perform his activities of daily living without assistance, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement on Monday. Read more: https://str.sg/3wHt
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