“Sad and aggrieved upon receiving the news, a ‘sifu’ and my political mentor, the late Sabbaruddin Chik has passed away, leaving us all forever.
“Allahyarham was an important episode in my struggle in the political world, and I will forever remember and cherish the time when he was the minister of tourism, arts and culture from 1987 to 1996,” he said via his official Facebook post last night.
The late Sabbaruddin, 80, died at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) last night after being admitted there for a week.
Ismail Sabri said Sabbaruddin had appointed him as a member of the Temerloh Division Umno Committee in 1987 when he was 27 years old and was made the Temerloh Division Umno information chief a few months later.
“In 1995, I began my political career by becoming the late (Sabbaruddin’s) political secretary.
“At that time, I gained a lot of experience and knowledge thanks to his guidance,” he said.
He said Sabbaruddin was a very disciplined and punctual person, besides being very diligent and authoritative in carrying out the trust for the people and the country.
“I pray that all his family members are given the fortitude to accept this great loss. May his soul be showered with blessings from Allah and placed among the believers and righteous,” he said.