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Malaysia's Ismail Sabri readies 1st budget of 'endemic COVID' era

Pact with opposition expected to smooth passage as job creation turns crucial

Malaysia's Finance Ministry says the 2022 budget will emphasize strengthening the health system, enhancing digital infrastructure and promoting high-productivity industries with job creation.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's government will propose its first budget on Friday, attempting to chart a path for economic recovery in 2022 as the country begins to treat COVID-19 as an endemic disease.

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