Ab­dul Wahid ap­pointed as UKM chair­man on merit — Mas­zlee

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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 also made af­ter ob­tain­ing the ap­proval of the min­istry’s high­est author­ity.

“In any mat­ter of ap­point­ment de­ci­sion, we will do it based on dis­cus­sion and we look at the merit,” he told re­porters at the In­te­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity Malaysia (UIAM) in con­junc­tion with its 34th con­vo­ca­tion in Gom­bak yes­ter­day.

He was com­ment­ing on the state­ment of the Prime Min­is­ter Me­dia Ad­viser Datuk A. Kadir Jasin in his blog about Ab­dul Wahid’s ap­point­ment.

A.Kadir re­port­edly said he was “con­fused” with Mas­zlee’s ac­tion in ap­point­ing the Per­modalan Na­sional Bhd (PNB) for­mer chair­man Ab­dul Wahid, who had been dropped from PNB.

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

On Mon­day, UKM in a state­ment, in­formed that Ab­dul Wahid’s ap­point­ment was from Nov 1, 2018 to Oct 31, 2021, to re­place Tan Sri Dr Ibrahim Saad.

Asked on the state­ment by his spe­cial of­fi­cer who re­port­edly said he (Mas­zlee) had agreed to re­sign as In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity Malaysia (UIAM), pres­i­dent, Mas­zlee said the mat­ter would be an­nounced later.

“I do not think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate to talk about this now be­cause we are in the midst of fac­ing a mean­ing­ful hap­pen­ing, his­tor­i­cal event, giv­ing of scroll, you (jour­nal­ists) want to bring ru­mours.

“We will give when we have news, if there is any clar­i­fi­ca­tion of this is­sue we will dis­cuss, my press sec­re­tary will in­vite you all, but not to­day, be­cause we do not want to be dis­re­spect­ful to the host as we are fac­ing a mar­riage but you come ask­ing when you’re go­ing to get di­vorced. That’s not the way, that is not eth­i­cal, “he said.

Ear­lier, the me­dia (Har­ian Metro) quoted his spe­cial of­fi­cer as say­ing that Mas­zlee had agreed to re­sign as UIAM pres­i­dent but it would not have im­me­di­ate ef­fect as some re­lated is­sues had to be re­solved, in­clud­ing find­ing a re­place­ment for the post.

Touch­ing on the launch of the Univer­sity’s Pro­duc­tion and Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (e-Scroll), he said it would be ex­panded to schools and Pri­vate In­sti­tu­tions of Higher Learn­ing (IPTS).

In ad­di­tion, on the amend­ments to sev­eral pro­vi­sions of the Uni­ver­si­ties and Univer­sity Col­leges Act 1971 (AUKU 1071), Mas­zlee said it would give more free­dom to stu­dents to be in­volved with pol­i­tics as well as in line with the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to lower the vot­ing age limit to 18 years.

“It means stu­dents have the free­dom to set up (po­lit­i­cal par­ties) but they are sub­ject to the univer­sity’s se­nate com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion but what is cer­tain is that to­day these stu­dents can have cam­pus elec­tions, they are in the ef­fort of es­tab­lish­ing unions and they are in­volved in univer­sity de­ci­sion-mak­ing.”

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