Jun 10, 2008

Tan Sri Sanusi Junid sacked as UIA president - no reason given

Tan Sri Sanusi Junid today held a press conference near his residence to explain the circumstances leading to his sacking as Internation Islamic University (IIU) president

(Malaysiakini) Former Kedah Menteri Besar Sanusi Junid had last Thursday said he could be sacked from his post as International Islamic University (UIA) president as a punishment for quitting Umno.

At a press conference today, Sanusi revealed that he had indeed received a letter dated June 2 that his post in UIA had been terminated effective on that day.

According to Sanusi, he only received the letter yesterday. The letter, which was signed by UIA constitutional head Sultan Ahmad Shah, did not provide any reason for the abrupt termination.

“I have done nothing wrong and I have not used the post for my own political ends,” decried Sanusi in an 18-page statement.

He said that the contract for the university post, which pays a monthly allowance of RM5,000, is not due to expire for another two years.

Sanusi added that since he has close ties with the Pahang sultan, the termination could only come from the advice of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The former cabinet minister had last month quit Umno along with former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a protest against Abdullah’s refusal to resign as party leader.

The duo had vowed to only return to the party after Abdullah had stepped down.

Following this, Higher Education Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin had hinted that Sanusi could be sacked if the former MB, who is a close Mahathir ally, had used his university position for “political purposes.

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