Mas­zlee: Wahid’s UKM ap­point­ment based on merit

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KUALA LUMPUR: The ap­point­ment of cor­po­rate fig­ure Tan Sri Ab­dul Wahid Omar as the Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia (UKM) board of directors’ chair­man is based on dis­cus­sion and merit.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Mas­zlee Ma­lik said the de­ci­sion to ap­point the for­mer cabi­net min­is­ter was made af­ter ob­tain­ing the ap­proval of the min­istry’s high­est author­ity.

“In mat­ters of ap­point­ments, we do it based on dis­cus­sion and merit,” he said at the In­ter­na­tional Islamic Univer­sity Malaysia’s (UIAM) 34th con­vo­ca­tion in Gom­bak here yes­ter­day.

He was com­ment­ing on a state­ment of the prime min­is­ter’s me­dia ad­viser, Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, in his blog about Wahid’s ap­point­ment.

Kadir re­port­edly said he was “con­fused” with Mas­zlee’s ac­tion in ap­point­ing the Per­modalan Na­sional Bhd (PNB) for­mer chair­man.

“We re­spect the views of Kadir as an in­flu­en­tial per­son... and if you (jour­nal­ists) dis­pute (it) be­cause he (Wahid) was from the past govern­ment, many oth­ers are also from the pre­vi­ous govern­ment,” said Mas­zlee.

On Mon­day, UKM said Wahid’s ap­point­ment, from Nov 1 to Oct 31, 2021, was to re­place Tan Sri Dr Ibrahim Saad.

Asked on the state­ment by his spe­cial of­fi­cer who said Mas­zlee had agreed to re­sign as UIAM pres­i­dent, Mas­zlee said the mat­ter would be an­nounced later.

“I do not think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate to talk about this now. We will share when we have news.”

Ear­lier, a news­pa­per had quoted his spe­cial of­fi­cer as say­ing that Mas­zlee had agreed to re­sign as UIAM pres­i­dent. How­ever, it would not be ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately as some is­sues had yet to be re­solved, in­clud­ing find­ing a re­place­ment.


Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Mas­zlee Ma­lik (cen­tre) speak­ing to grad­u­ates at the In­ter­na­tional Islamic Univer­sity Malaysia dur­ing its 34th con­vo­ca­tion in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day. With him is UIAM rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Tan Sri Dzulk­i­fli Ab­dul Razak (sec­ond from right).

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