Ismail Sabri swipes his security card on his first day of work as Defence Minister as his deputy Datuk Seri Ikhmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (second right) and Chief of Defence Force General Tan Sri Affendi Buang (right). Photo: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Bera MP Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob officially began work as Defence Minister yesterday.

He arrived at Dataran Wisma Pertahanan, at Jalan Padang Tembak here, at 9.30am and was greeted by Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz , who also started work yesterday.

Also present were the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Muez Abd Aziz and Malaysian Armed Forces Chief Tan Sri Affendi Buang and commanders of all three wings of the armed forces.

Ismail Sabri, who is also Senior Minister, then took the salute of the guard of honour mounted by the First Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment, led by Major Mohd Izham Ahmad Rashidi. 

Ismail Sabri and Ikmal Hisham took their oath as Defence Minister and Deputy Defence Minister, respectively, before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Melawati in Putrajaya last Tuesday. – Bernama