SHAH ALAM: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V was proclaimed as the 5th Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) today.
The proclamation ceremony took place during UiTM’s 86th Convocation at its main campus here.
The letter of appointment was presented to His Majesty by Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh.
His appointment as UiTM chancellor is based on Section 19A (2), Universiti Teknologi MARA Act 1976 (Act 173) which provides that the chancellor must be the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
In his address, Sultan Muhammad V expressed his gratitude at being given the opportunity to contribute to an institution of higher learning which had a very long history.
He was also proud of the major role played by UiTM in turning out excellent Bumiputera human capital.
“I have always believed that knowledgeable human capital is the most important asset if a race wants to change or overcome challenges successfully.
Sultan Muhammad V also expressed his happiness with UiTM as the university was moving towards realising its aspiration of becoming a premier world-class university by 2020.
He, however, reminded UiTM to endeavour to stay as the main institution in protecting the interests of Bumiputeras.
Sultan Muhammad V succeeded Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah whose term as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong ended on Dec 12, 2016.