Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s acceptance into Universiti Malaya (UM) to study law in 1980 was based only on merit, says Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
The UM Faculty of Law Alumni Association (Parfum) president said this in response to the recent viral comment by a netizen who claimed that Ismail had only gotten into the university because of his father’s connections.
Shahrizat added that the comment was made in an effort to tarnish the image of the Prime Minister and to damage the reputation of the law faculty.
“When the Prime Minister was accepted in 1980, the late Tan Sri Prof Ahmad Ibrahim was the faculty dean.”
“With a high level of integrity, it is difficult for simply anyone to be accepted without fulfilling all the requirements set by the faculty of law.”
“It is clear that the acceptance of the Prime Minister into the faculty of law in UM was based on merit,” Shahrizat said in a statement, adding that the prime minister had managed to achieve academic excellence despite being raised in a simple family.
“Ismail Sabri further proved himself worthy of scholarships while he was a student in Universiti Malaya when he successfully completed his studies within the allocated time frame and was accepted as a defence lawyer and solicitor,” Shahrizat claimed.
She also said that UM’s law faculty was the first of its kind in the country and has managed to produce influential graduates who have shouldered high posts in the nation’s legal fraternity.
Previously, Andrew had in the comment section of a Facebook post claimed that Ismail had failed national exams in a vocational school and had to resit his exams privately.
He also claimed that Ismail Sabri had used “connections” to gain entry to UM to study law.