PUTRAJAYA — Nov. 5, 2018: Former cabinet minister and corporate figure Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar has been appointed chairman of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia board effective last November 1 for three years. He replaces Tan Sri Dr. Ibrahim Saad.
Prior to this Wahid was chairman of Kumpulan Permodalan Nasional Berhad and also headed four major organisations in infrastructure, telecommunications, financial services and investment management.
He was appointed a senator and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in June 2013 to August 2016 before being appointed chairman of PNB.
Wahid said in a statement that he appreciated the honour and was happy to accept the appointment.
“This is a golden opportunity to fulfil my dreams of contributing to education, leadership and human resource development. I will try to do my best for UKM and the country,” he said.
Another university that is having a new chairman of the board is Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia’s (USIM), following the appointment of national Tokoh Maal Hijrah 2018 Award winner, Professor Datuk Dr. Siddiq Fadzil, to replace Tan Sri Prof. Emeritus Dzulkifli Abdul Razak whose term ended last September 30.
Siddiq, who is president of Kolej Dar Al-Hikmah, will hold the post for three years until September 30, 2021.
He obtained his Ph.D in Malay Culture and Islamic Philosophy from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, a master’s degree in Literature also from UKM and a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies from Universiti Malaya.
Siddiq also heads the Majlis Istisyari Wadah Pencerdasan Umat Malaysia, is chairman of Institut Darul Ehsan and an adjunct professor at Universiti Selangor. — Bernama