UM dept says will improve vetting to ensure no repeat of Gilley controversy

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya’s (UM) International and Strategic Studies Department has issued an apology over provocative remarks made by American academic Bruce Gilley during a lecture at the university.

“The department is very regretful about the irresponsible statement made by Professor Dr Bruce Gilley.

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“With deepest regret, the department apologises to all Malaysian citizens, the Malaysian government, the Higher Education Ministry and all the UM community over this incident,” it said.

The department also said it is taking this matter seriously and will improve its programme vetting, planning, and organising process to ensure the platform provided will not be manipulated by anyone in the future.

In a lecture titled “Will Malaysia Become an Active Middle Power” at UM on Tuesday (April 23), Gilley allegedly downplayed Malaysia’s ties with the United States.

The political science professor from Portland State University was also criticised on social media after he purportedly claimed that Malaysia had pushed for a “second holocaust against the Jewish people” in the same lecture.

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The Higher Education Ministry has since ordered the cancellation of all programmes and activities scheduled to involve Gilley in the country.

UM was also ordered to investigate and report on the details to the ministry.

However, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir had previously said they would not pursue further action against Gilley as he had already left the country.

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