PETALING JAYA: Maszlee Malik has confirmed that he has stepped down as the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) president, months after he agreed to relinquish the post, Bernama reported today.
His term was initially scheduled to end in 2021, but in November, pressure from the Cabinet, Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders and activists saw the education minister agree to give up the post pending a suitable replacement.
Maszlee, who once lectured in the university, said he had signed the resignation letter and was waiting for the official announcement by IIUM.
“I am no longer the IIUM president. I resigned voluntarily,” the national news agency quoted him as saying after handing over chairs for a clinic in Simpang Renggam here.
Maszlee did not state the date of his resignation or when he submitted his letter.
His acceptance of the IIUM presidency did not sit well with PH supporters as well as student groups, who said it was against the coalition’s promise not to put politicians in charge of public universities.
But Maszlee said he wanted to return the public university to its past glory.
On Nov 12, PPBM instructed Maszlee, who is one of the party’s MPs, to immediately step down as IIUM president.