The alleged resignation of a Universiti Malaya dean has taken a new twist with the Education Ministry saying that his contract had merely ended.
Ministry secretary-general II Prof Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang said Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman’s second term as the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences department had ended.
“Nobody asked him to resign. He has completed his two terms as a dean,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Asked if Dr Mohammad Redzuan’s term could be extended, Dr Zaini said it would not be practical as the professor was already bound to retire early next year.
Dr Zaini said one term lasted about two to three years and normally, a dean served two terms.
“The ministry had nothing to do with the resignation. It was just a normal process of completing a term,” he said.
Dr Zaini said the ministry was only involved in the appointment of a university’s vice-chancellor and deputy vice-chancellor.
“The rest, including professors and deans, are not in the ministry’s interest,” he said.
Online news portals had reported that the ministry ordered Dr Mohamad Redzuan, who was the UM Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMCedel) director, to resign from his position.
It was also reported that Dr Mohamad Redzuan’s tenure as the faculty dean was not renewed.
Some reports linked the dismissal to the centre’s previous survey findings on Malaysian politics which did not go down well with the university.