Maszlee wants to return to IIUM after 10-year stint in politics

Education Minister Maszlee Malik. (Bernama pic)

GOMBAK: Newly-appointed International Islamic University (IIUM) president Maszlee Malik has expressed interest in returning to the university as a lecturer in 10 years’ time.

Maszlee, who is also the education minister and Simpang Renggam MP, said the only reason he ventured into politics last March was because of former premier Najib Razak.

“My aspiration was only to see Najib fall,” Maszlee said during a question-and-answer session following his maiden speech as IIUM president at the university’s cultural centre.

Maszlee made the comment about hoping to return to IIUM after a question from a lecturer who expressed his interest in seeing Maszlee become the prime minister one day.

“I take that as a challenge, I need your prayers. I do not think it’s right for me.

“I think a 10-year period is enough for me in politics and then I’ll be back to IIUM,” he told a crowd of 1,000.

Maszlee was appointed, amid controversy from all around, to replace Rais Yatim as the 8th president of IIUM.

The post had been vacant since Rais’ five-year service contract expired in June.

Previously, Maszlee had assured critics that the institution would not be misused by anyone, including himself, for furthering any political agenda.