KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who was today appointed Senior Minister-Defence Minister, has extensive experience in government administration, having held various ministerial posts.

The UMNO vice-president was in the Cabinet from 2008-2018, heading the Youth and Sports, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry as well as the Rural and Regional Development ministries.

One of the notable initiatives he undertook as the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister was to get rid of middlemen who profited from the hard work of farmers and fishermen.

The Bera Member of Parliament also introduced the MARA Digital initiative so that Bumiputeras in business would not be left behind in information and communication technology when he was the Rural and Regional Development Minister.

Ismail Sabri, 60, who holds a Law degree from Universiti Malaya, began his career as a lawyer in 1985 and previously served as directors of the Pahang Tenggara Development Authority (DARA) and Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board.

Born in Temerloh, Pahang, he began to be actively involved in politics in 1987 as a committee member of the Temerloh UMNO division before being made the division’s information chief the following year.

When he became the head of Temerloh UMNO division in 2004, his political career continued to grow and he was elected UMNO vice-president in 2018 as well as made the opposition leader in Parliament following the defeat of Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th General Election in May that year.

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Ismail Sabri’s biography:

Name: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob

Wife: Datin Sri Muhaini Zainal Abidin

Date of birth: 18/01/1960

Place of birth: Temerloh, Pahang

Children’s names:

1. Nina Sabrina

2. Gadaffi

3. Nashriq

4. Iqbal


Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Universiti Malaya (UM)


1985: Lawyer

1995: Director of Pahang Tenggara Development Authority (DARA), Director of Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board

1996: Chairman of National Sports Complex, Bukit Jalil

2008 – 2009: Youth and Sports Minister

2009 – 2013: Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister

2013 – 2015: Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister

2015 – 2018: Rural and Regional Development Minister


Head of Temerloh UMNO division since 2004

UMNO Vice-president


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