Former exco man Malik made Penang Islamic Council president

State secretary Farizan Darus (third from right) handing over the appointment letter to MAIP president Abdul Malik Abul Kassim (third from left). Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abd Rahman (second from left, blue jacket) was named deputy president.

GEORGE TOWN: PKR’s Abdul Malik Abul Kassim has been appointed Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAIP) president effective Jan 1 this year, taking over from PAS’ Mohd Salleh Man.

Penang state secretary Farizan Darus said the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V had consented to the appointment of Malik for a term of two years.

Farizan also announced the appointment of PKR’s Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abd Rahman as MAIP’s deputy president.

Zakiyuddin, an engineer, is also PKR’s candidate for the mainland state seat of Pinang Tunggal in the coming polls.

Malik was dropped from PKR’s candidate list, after serving as Batu Maung assemblyman for two terms and state executive councillor in charge of Islamic affairs for one term.

The seven other members of MAIP appointed by the king are: Abd Aziz Che Yacob, Tuah Ismail (PKR candidate for Pulau Betong state seat), A Rhaffor Mahmod, Mohd Rizal Akhir, Tapiudin Hamzah, Mohamad Taupik Mohamad Nor and Syed Mohamad Nazli Syed Ahmad.

The ex-officio members of MAIP are: Farizan, state legal adviser Anas Ahmad Zakie, state financial officer Sarul Bahiyah Abu, state mufti Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor, and state deputy police chief Roslee Chik.

The appointment letters were handed over by Farizan, witnessed by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and state executive councillors.