PETALING JAYA: A former deputy vice-chancellor of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) is expected to assume the president’s post of the university.
Islamic finance and banking expert Datuk Dr Mohd Daud Bakar (pic) is likely to take over the post, a source from the Education Ministry said.
The decision is currently pending consent from Sultan Ahmad Shah, who is the constitutional head of IIUM, said the source.
The position became controversial after Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik was appointed to it.
The post is still being held by Dr Maszlee although he had agreed to step down in November after being advised by the Cabinet to do so.
He has not officially resigned from the post despite reports saying that he would do so after IIUM’s convocation ceremony in early November.
Dr Maszlee, who became Education Minister in May last year, was made IIUM president four months later.
Student groups protested the appointment, saying it went against promises not to have politicians heading academic institutions.