Ismail Sabri: A letter of support from me does not guarantee success

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  • Saturday, 22 Aug 2020

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (centre, in blue cap) at Dewan Felda Gunung Besout 2 on Saturday. -Bernamapic

TANJUNG MALIM: A letter of support does not mean that an appointment is a given, says Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

"Many people come and ask for my support for various matters, and I usually endorse (them). But my support does not mean it is confirmed to be successful," he said, referring to his endorsement for the son of Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz to be appointed to Pharmaniaga's board of directors.

Ismail, who is also Senior Minister (Security), said this after attending a programme to present contributions to ex-servicemen at Felda Besout 2 on Saturday (Aug 22) here.

The letter, which went viral on social media on Friday (Aug 21), contained a handwritten note allegedly from Ismail to the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) chairman.

However, Ismail said he stopped short of seeing the appointment through and did not intervene in the process.

Ikmal's son was in the end not appointed to the LTAT board.

"His son is a graduate and a successful businessman, so we thought he could be helpful.

"LTAT didn't appoint him in the end. It stopped there ... so there is no question of nepotism," he said.

Ismail also said Ikmal, as Deputy Defence Minister, could have contacted the LTAT chairman as board appointments were under them, but he did not.

"Many said he abused his power. If he did, he would not have needed to go through me but directly approached the LTAT chairman," he added.

LTAT has a controlling stake in Pharmaniaga via its umbrella holding company Boustead.

On the issue of Plantation Industries and Commodity Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, who allegedly did not comply with the 14-day quarantine rule after returning from abroad, Ismail said anyone found flouting the law would be punished.

"All cases will be investigated. No one is above the law, including any minister or deputy.

"If found guilty, they will certainly be punished," he said, adding that the Health Ministry would determine the penalty to be given.

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