Maszlee criticised for taking on IIUM presidency post

Meor Ahmad Nasriin Rizal Ishak

KUALA LUMPUR: Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik has been taken to task for accepting the position of International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) president.

Umno Youth chief, Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, said while he respects Maszlee’s ability to play a role in IIUM, he reminded the minister of his pledge to ensure universities would not be abused by anyone, including himself, for political mileage.

“I respect Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik’s ability to hold the IIUM position. But the people will surely demand that he fulfil the pledge to not meddle in university administration affairs,” he said via a Facebook post.

“What shocked us more was that even as the minister was accepting the IIUM presidency, his political secretary was at the same time appointed to the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) board of directors,” he added.

Asyraf noted that Maszlee, in an interview on June 7, had stated that: “This is a new era. I will make sure that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will never misuse universities for political interests... this includes me.”

Asyraf has urged Maszlee to keep to his word.

“Appoint academicians who are well-respected by the people to helm universities in the era of this new government,” he said.

On Tuesday IIUM’s Academic Staff Association had congratulated Maszlee on his appointment as university president on its official Facebook page. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd