KUCHING, Sept 7 2018 : The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) is different from other public universities in the country in terms of its governance structure, and it is not bound by the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (AUKU), said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.
He said in view of this, one cannot say that his appointment as IIUM President position was against Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto .
Because of these differences, and furthermore conflict of interest here did not arise, he said.
“It would be against PH manifesto, only if I elected myself to be the head of – for example UM, UPM or UUM etc, because they have different structures, this one is totally different,” he told a press conference after making a courtesy call on Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the latter’s office at the new State legislative Building here today.
He said IIUM has its own constitution, because when it was formed, it was supposed to be an international university where the board members consist of ambassadors or representatives from other countries, and its president with the ceremonial powers normally given to somebody that represents government of Malaysia.
“That is why since the beginning of UIA’s formation you saw Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the president then, before Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was the education minister then. So the tradition is not new – because of the different structure of IIUM itself,” he added. – Bernama