KUALA LUMPUR: Former education minister Dr Maszlee Malik, who has lost his Simpang Renggam seat to Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Hasni Mohammad in the 15th general election, is now bidding to lead the Ministry of Education (MoE).
A petition that garnered 1,000 signatures so far urges Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim to appoint him as the head of MoE.
“We call on Prime Minister to appoint Dr. Maszlee Malik as a Member of the National Assembly.
“We parents, teachers and Malaysians believe in the abilities of Dr. Maszlee Malik leads the MoE,” the petition added.
Speaking about the space within the Malaysian Ministry of Education (KPM), Dr Anuar Ahmad said, the country desperately needs an education leader who is courageous and strong-willed to carry out education reforms.
The education expert added that leaders who have a clear vision and mission to make changes do not just follow current education practices.
Therefore, he said, parents and students need a national education reformer.
“If you want to save the country’s education system and be prepared to put politics aside, I suggest that for now the best candidate to lead education reform and be appointed as Minister of Education is Dr Maszlee Malik,” he said in a statement on Friday.
Maszlee was the Minister of Education in 2018 to 2020.
Currently, an initiative to collect signatures in support of Maszlee being appointed as a Member of the National Assembly, then being appointed as Minister of Education is being mobilized.