Ismail Sabri Yaakob

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This is a Malay name; the name Yaakob is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Ismail Sabri.
Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri
Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Malaysian Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry
Assumed office
16 May 2013
Preceded by Noh Omar
Malaysian Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism
In office
10 April 2009 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Shahrir Samad
Succeeded by Hasan Malek
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bera, Pahang
Assumed office
Preceded by New constituency
Minister of Youth and Sports
In office
18 March 2008 – 9 April 2009
Preceded by Azalina Othman
Succeeded by Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Personal details
Born (1960-01-18) 18 January 1960 (age 55)
Temerloh, Pahang, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party UMNOBarisan Nasional
Alma mater University of Malaya
Occupation Politician, lawyer
Religion Sunni Islam

Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (born 18 January 1960) is the Malaysian Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry. He is a Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Bera constituency in Pahang, representing the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party in the governing Barisan Nasional coalition.[1]

Ismail Sabri was elected to Parliament in the 2004 election becoming the first member of the new seat of Bera. He was re-elected in 2008,[2] and was appointed as Minister for Youth and Sports in the Cabinet of Abdullah Badawi.[3] In April 2009, he became the Minister for Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism under new Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.[4] After the 2013 election, in which he retained his parliamentary seat, he was appointed as the Minister for Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry. In 2015, he provoked controversy by calling for ethnic Malays to boycott Malaysian-Chinese businesses, arguing that it was necessary for Malays to exercise consumer power to prevent "profiteering" by the Malaysia's ethnic Chinese minority.[5]

Before entering Parliament, Ismail Sabri served as Chairman of the National Sports Complex.[6] His son Gadaffi is a singer who was a contestant in the 2007 series of Akademi Fantasia.[7]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P90 Bera, Pahang[2]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Ismail Sabri Yaakob (UMNO) 16,714 56% Abd Wahab Ismail (PAS) 12,244 41%
2008 Ismail Sabri Yaakob (UMNO) 18,051 55% Mazlan Aliman (PAS) 14,230 43%
2013 Ismail Sabri Yaakob (UMNO) 21,669 50% Zakaria Abdul Hamid (PKR) 19,526 45%


  1. ^ "Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, Y.B. Dato' Sri" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Malaysia Decides 2008 (including 2004 results)". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "New ministers: PM’s reminder a timely one". The Star. 21 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "New Cabinet Line-up Meets People's Expectations". 9 April 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Anisah, Shukry (5 February 2015). "Ismail Sabri’s future in Bera shaky, say analysts after boycott call". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Selvam, S. (6 July 2003). "NSC: We are not biased". New Straits Times. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Aida Ahman (20 March 2011). "Meet Gadaffi the singer". The Star. Retrieved 13 October 2014.