February 6, 2015
Who is Ismail Sabri? Until his true colors were known recently, he is just a mediocre UMNO Minister in Najib’s cabinet who is there to make up the numbers. He got his attention by being a racist. People who know him think he should have been out of the cabinet long ago.
Sabri, a lawyer, is from Pahang, yet he does not represent the typical man from the state. I have many Pahang friends who are smart, honest, hardworking and non-racist. Then why is he a Minister?
It is plain to see that Sabri was chosen by our Prime Minister to do his bidding not because he is competent. Sabri’s latest snafu confirms that you do not need to have special skills to be a member of Najib’s team. All you have to do is to hone in your ampu bodek skills and you can and, indeed, prosper and are protected.
Is it any wonder why Najib defends him with the endorsement of his cabinet colleagues. Paul Low, who is Minister in the Prime Minister, should be able to tell you how to be a Minister and survive. We know that it is now part of the UMNO culture to be self-serving and corrupt. Even MACC has to think many times before investigating an UMNO Minister.
We should realise that the backbone of the Malaysian economy, despite the NEP, is the Chinese community. We must be courageous enough to acknowledge their contributions to the economic development of our country for generations. The Chinese are Malaysians like you and I.
So let us avoid blaming them if our policies to promote Malay entrepreneurship have failed. What happened to FAMA, RISDA, and MAJUIKAN? Rather than antagonise them with racist rhetoric, let us engage them so that we can learn how to survive in business without having to go to business school. People like Ismail Sabri must go, not defended. —Din Merican
Who is Ismail Sabri Yaakob?
by Koon Yew Yin@www.malaysiakini.com
COMMENT: Now that the Cabinet has cleared Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister, for his allegedly race-inciting hate comments on Facebook, I would like to suggest that he be given leave from his position to undergo a course in Business Economics 101.
This is because, quite apart from his racist mindset, he is the man who was earlier responsible for the plastic fish box controversy when he was Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister, as a result of which fish prices shot through the roof for a period of time.
He was also the man behind the fiasco concerning school bus operators who were provided with short notice to buy new buses to replace old school buses. This was a move from which he had to back down when the bus operators threatened a shutdown of services.
In the kopitiam when the government new policies were first announced, besides the public anger, there was much speculation on who would benefit from these measures which would raise prices of fish and school transportation. Certainly not the fishermen or school bus drivers. Perhaps the companies providing the plastic boxes or school bus distributors? Perhaps their runners?
Ismail Sabri’s public service
On second thoughts, I think that the Minister does not need to undergo any business course. This is because, if the blogsphere is to be listened to, he does seem to know a lot about business, especially unreasonable profits and monkey business .
Thus a reader in one of the more respectable pro-UMNO blogs operated by (Dato) Ahirudin Atan, or more popularly known as ‘Rocky’s Bru’, had in July 2012 penned the following advice for other readers on Ismail Sabri:
Bro Rocky, get the scoop on Companies Commission of Malaysia’s tales of corruption, abuse of power and lies brokered by Sabri. Comment made at 6.25 am, http://www.rockybru.com.my/2012/07/ismails-witch-hunt.html
This is a cryptic comment from an insider who appears to know a lot more than he has put on record. Even if we may not think much of the titillating comment, at least it is still out there for the whole world to read and ponder. This is in contrast to the Minister’s Facebook comments on Chinese traders which have been erased since he now claims that he was not directing his comments only at Chinese traders!
On his side though, we have a prominent columnist in one of the news daily claiming that Ismail Sabri has never dabbled in race and religion since the columnist knew him seven years ago. The columnist also says that Ismail Sabri’s colleagues in law school speak well about him. Well, perhaps the columnist is right but then he may be wrong, and we may be seeing the Minister in his true colours now.
So instead of sending the Minister back to business school or to a course on ‘basics of political integrity’ from which many think he is unlikely to learn anything, I suggest that the best thing for detractors to do is to uncover the full record of his service or his disservice to the nation as the case may be.
Let’s put the political correctness aside and hang out the dirty laundry in the public arena so all Malaysians can know the true quality of the leaders that we have.
KOON YEW YIN, a retired chartered engineer, is a philanthropist.