Ismail Sabri's Alleged RM5,500 Shirt During His Meeting With Singapore PM Draws Comments
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob met his Singapore counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, on Wednesday, 25 May, in Japan for Nikkei's 27th International Conference on the Future of Asia
The shirt worn by Ismail Sabri during the meeting became the subject of online discussion.
According to Malaysiakini, keen-eyed netizens were quick to figure out that the shirt was from the British luxury fashion brand Burberry.
According to the Burberry Malaysia website, the short-sleeve abstract print cotton shirt is priced at RM5,500.
Many expressed shock at the price of the designer shirt, but reactions were mixed
"I thought the Prime Minister went to a fashion show, apparently he wore this get up to meet Singapore's Prime Minister," wrote Taiping member of parliament (MP) Nga Kor Ming in a Tweet.
Some, however, defended the premier's choice of attire, saying they saw no problems in the choice.
"It looks stylish. It's okay, it is not the usual jacket we always see, which can be warm," wrote a Twitter user.
Coincidentally, around the same time as the criticisms arose, Netflix Malaysia posted a promo video for an upcoming season of the hit TV show, Stranger Things.
In the video, actor Caleb McLaughlin can be seen wearing a shirt of the same design, leading to replies and quote retweets that connect the actor with Ismail
This is not the first time Ismail Sabri's fashion choices became a subject of conversation
In 2020, Ismail Sabri received praise and attention for his collection of batik shirts he wore during his daily press conferences in the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
According to Berita Harian, the unique colour and patterns of the shirts went viral, even inspiring the creativity of netizens to compare the shirts he wore to local delicacies.
During the Prime Minister's visit to Japan, he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Medicine for his contributions in the fight against COVID-19: