MELAKA: The new chancellor of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (Utem) is Yang-di Pertua Negeri of Melaka Tun Dr Mohd Ali Rustam (pic), says the varsity.
Utem said that Tun Mohd Ali was appointed as its third chancellor, with his term running from Aug 15 to June 3, 2024.
The university’s key officials – including Utem board chairman Tan Sri Dr Ahmad and Vice-Chancellor Datuk Dr Raha Abdul Rahim - conveyed the appointment of Tun Mohd Ali to him at his office on Wednesday (Oct 7).
On the appointment, Utem said it is proud that Tun Mohd Ali Rustam is the first Melaka-born person appointed as the seventh Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka in June.
His six predecessors are all from other states, with two from Perak and the other four being from Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Kedah and Pahang.
Tun Mohd Ali, 70, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia and a Master’s Degree from Universiti Malaya.
He started work as a clerk at the then-National Electricity Board (now TNB) in 1969 and was there for 10 years before joining the civil service as a Community Development Department director in Perlis in 1980 before becoming the department’s Federal Territory director in 1981 and then being posted to Melaka in 1982.
He became a state assemblyman for the first time after winning the Ayer Molek state seat in 1986 and the Sungai Udang state seat in the 1990 general election.
In the 1995 general election, he contested the Batu Berendam parliamentary seat and won, which then saw him appointed as Deputy Transport Minister until January 1999 and then as Deputy Health Minister until November of the same year.
In the 1999 general election, Dr Mohd Ali won the Paya Rumput state seat and was then appointed the ninth Melaka Chief Minister replacing Datuk Seri Abu Zahar Isnin.
He served as the Melaka Chief Minister for three terms until May 5, 2013 and was made a Senator on Oct 2 the same year after losing the contest for the Hang Tuah Jaya parliamentary seat in the 13th General Election in 2013.
Dr Mohd Ali was also active in non-governmental organisations, having been the president of the Malaysian 4B Youth Movement, World Assembly of Youth (WAY), World Youth Foundation (WYF) and the Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam (DMDI) organisation.
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