INTERNATIONAL Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) has finally named its new president six months after Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik resigned from the post.
The varsity’s former vice-rector (student affairs) and lecturer Datuk Dr Mohd Daud Bakar (pic) was appointed the new president.
Mohd Daud’s appointment for a three-year term starting July 1 was made with the consent of IIUM Constitutional Head Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar.
The Alor Setar-born who is also the Islamic Economic Development Foundation (YaPEIM) board of trustees chairman, was the 2014 national-level Maulidur Rasul Tokoh Perdana award recipient.
Mohd Daud is a member of many syariah advisory bodies in foreign and local Islamic financial institutions.
The founder of Amani Advisors Sdn Bhd, an Islamic financial company, holds a degree in jurisprudence from Universiti Malaya.
He also studied syariah at the University of Kuwait and has a doctorate from the University of St Andrews, according to a press statement from IIUM last Thursday.
“Mohd Daud’s vast experience in IIUM means that he will be able to advise and help build the varsity into a respected institution in and out of the country,” the statement read.
On Jan 7, Dr Maszlee confirmed that he was no longer IIUM president after submitting his letter of resignation “voluntarily and for mutual benefit”.
The Simpang Renggam MP took over the Education Ministry on May 21 and became the seventh president of IIUM on Sept 5 last year.
He was supposed to serve till 2021.
The appointment was criticised by many for going against Pakatan Harapan’s pledge to keep politicians away from such positions. - By CHRISTINA CHIN