Maszlee's appointment as IIUM president to be reviewed, says Dr M

Manirajan Ramasamy, Luqman Arif Abdul Karim

PETALING JAYA: Dr Maszlee Malik's appointment as president of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) will be reviewed, according to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister described the issue as something that was not 'set in stone', hence it the government could review it after the matter gained widespread criticism with many alleging it went against the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto.

"Many have given their opinions on IIUM (issue), we are sensitive to what the rakyat thinks and we will review this appointment.

"It (the appointment) is not set in stone, so we can change our stand," he said at a press conference after chairing the PH presidential council meeting at Menara Yayasan Selangor, here, today.

On Wednesday, Maszlee who is Education Minister, received a congratulatory message on Facebook from IIUM's Academic Staff Association (ASA) for his appointment as the university's seventh president, replacing Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim whose contract has ended.

This was followed by various quarters voicing their dissatisfaction over the matter, as many took to criticising PH's management of the government which they deemed as going against the essence of their pre 14th General Election (GE14) manifesto. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd