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Rais new IIUM president


KUALA LUMPUR, July 4- Former Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim has been appointed as the sixth president of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), effective June 2.

The Honourable Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim speaks during a press conference in central London after the twenty-ninth Meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group on the Harare Declaration (CMAG), on May 12, 2008. The Commonwealth re-admitted Pakistan as a full member on Monday after a six-month suspension triggered by a clampdown by President Pervez Musharraf, the grouping's secretary general said. The suspension was lifted after a meeting of key ministers of the 53-nation Commonwealth in London. AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)He took over from Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan whose term of office ended on June 1, according to the IIUM Corporate Communications Division.

The appointment was made by the university’s constitutional head, the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, it said.


Rais is scheduled to have a special session with the media at the IIUM main campus in Gombak on Friday.

Rais, who is the former Member of Parliament for Jelebu, began his career in the government as a temporary teacher in 1961.

He entered politics in 1967 and held various positions in Umno, including as a member of the Supreme Council for the 2008/2011 term.

Rais was the menteri besar of Negeri Sembilan from 1978 to 1982 and has held various positions in the national cabinet, including as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Minister of Land and Regional Development, Minister of Information and Minister of Foreign Affairs.