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Maszlee Malik

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Maszlee Malik
مزلي بن مالک
Maszlee Malik in 2018
Chairman of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies
Assumed office
31 March 2023
Minister of Education
In office
21 May 2018 – 3 January 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyTeo Nie Ching
Preceded byMahdzir Khalid
(Minister of Education)
Idris Jusoh
(Minister of Higher Education)
Succeeded byMahathir Mohamad
(Acting Minister of Education)
Mohd Radzi Md Jidin
(Minister of Education)
Noraini Ahmad
(Minister of Higher Education)
ConstituencySimpang Renggam
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Simpang Renggam
In office
9 May 2018 – 19 November 2022
Preceded byLiang Teck Meng
Succeeded byHasni Mohammad
Majority3,475 (2018)
7th President of the
International Islamic University Malaysia
In office
5 September 2018 – 9 November 2018
ChancellorAhmad Shah
Preceded byRais Yatim
Succeeded byMohd Daud Bakar
Personal details
Maszlee bin Malik

(1974-12-19) 19 December 1974 (age 49)
Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Political partyBERSATU (2018–2020)
Independent (May 2020–Nov 2021)
PKR (2017–2018, 2021–present)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan
Alma mater
OccupationPolitician, lecturer, Actor

Maszlee bin Malik (Jawi: مزلي بن مالک) is a Malaysian politician who served as the Chairman of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) since March 2023.[1] He served as the Minister of Education in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from May 2018 to his resignation in January 2020, 7th President of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) from September 2018 to his resignation in November 2018 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Simpang Renggam from May 2018 to November 2022.[2] He is a member and Division Chief of Simpang Renggam of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the PH coalition, and professor at the psychology and social sciences faculty at the University of Cyberjaya. He was an independent politician, and Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), then a component party of the PH coalition, as well as a lecturer at the IIUM.[3]


Born in Johor Bahru, Johor, in 1974, he is of Hakka Chinese (mother) and Bugis (father) descent.[4] He attended the English College (now Sultan Abu Bakar College) and Maahad Johor. He obtained his bachelor's degree in the Islamic Jurisprudence from University of Al-Bayt, Jordan and his master's degree in the same field from University of Malaya, Malaysia. Furthermore, he completed his doctorate in Political Science from Durham University with his doctoral thesis titled "Constructing the Architectonics and Formulating the Articulation of Islamic Governance: A Discursive Attempt in Islamic Epistemology".[5]

Before being elected, he taught at the International Islamic University Malaysia and studied Islam and the Middle East. Apart from speaking fluent Malay, Arabic, and English, he also speaks moderate French, German, simple Mandarin Chinese, and Hokkien.[6]


Maszlee made his political debut by registering as a member of PKR Ampang branch in 2017.[7] But he later joined another PH coalition's component party, BERSATU in March 2018 ahead of the 2018 general election (GE14) which he won against incumbent Liang Teck Meng for the Simpang Renggam constituency.[6] On 18 May 2018, Maszlee was appointed as Malaysia's new Minister of Education after Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad vacated the post just one day after taking it.[8] After some 20 months of his appointment, he rendered the ministerial position in January 2020 to the Prime Minister as requested by the latter.[9]

His BERSATU membership was then canceled in May 2020 after the collapsed of PH government following the party's decision to leave PH in the so-called 'Sheraton Move' 2020 political crisis and he became an Independent MP.[10] After being PH-friendly independent for more than a year, he rejoined PKR and PH again in November 2021.[3]

On 14 February 2022, he was confirmed to be contesting for the Layang-Layang state seat representing PH and PKR in the 2022 Johor state election. The state seat is within his Simpang Renggam federal seat. He lost to the UMNO incumbent, Abd. Mutalip Abd. Rahim.

In the Malaysian 15th general election in November 2022, Maszlee lost his Simpang Renggam seat to Hasni Mohammad, who is former Johor menteri besar. Hasni polled 18,312 votes to Maszlee 16,491 for a 1,821-vote majority.[11]

After the Malaysian 15th general election, due to his loss in Simpang Renggam, Maszlee was without any government and official position. He was later appointed as a Professor at the University of Cyberjaya, to give lectures on selected topics in humanities and education-related subjects at the 'Psychology and Social Sciences Faculty' in April 2023.[12] He was also appointed by the Prime Minister as the chairman of an Islamic think tank called 'International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies' (IAIS), to advise the Prime Minister on Global Muslims Affairs.[13]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[14][15][16]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 P151 Simpang Renggam Maszlee Malik (BERSATU) 18,157 50.68% Liang Teck Meng (Gerakan) 14,682 40.11% 36,601 3,475 83.19%
Mohd Jubri Selamat (PAS) 2,983 8.15%
2022 Maszlee Malik (PKR) 16,491 37.37% Hasni Mohammad (UMNO) 18,312 41.49% 44,131 1,821 74.76%
Mohd Fazrul Kamat (BERSATU) 9,077 20.57%
Kamal Kusmin (PEJUANG) 251 0.57%
Johor State Legislative Assembly[17]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2022 N27 Layang-Layang Maszlee Malik (PKR) 4,736 34.50% Abd. Mutalip Abd. Rahim (UMNO) 7,551 55.00% 13,729 2,815 54.59%
Alagenthiran Krishnan (BERSATU) 1,278 9.31%
Ahmad Shafiq Othman (PEJUANG) 164 1.19%



Year Title Role Notes
2021 Taruh Prisoner 237 Short film
2022 Kudeta Jamal Banna Serial drama


  1. ^ "Maszlee Malik appointed chairman of Islamic think tank". Free Malaysia Today. 7 April 2023. Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Dr Maszlee Malik menteri pelajaran baru (Dr Maszlee Malik the new Education minister)". 18 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Ben Chong (27 November 2021). "Maszlee Malik officially joins PKR". Malay Mail. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Infografik: Profil Menteri Pendidikan". Bernama Radio Official. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 28 November 2021 – via Instagram.
  5. ^ Malik, Maszlee (2011). "Constructing the Architectonics and Formulating the Articulation of Islamic Governance: A Discursive Attempt in Islamic Epistemology" (PDF). etheses.dur.ac.uk.
  6. ^ a b 会说简单华语福建话‧教长马智礼有华人血统 [Able to speak simple Chinese and Hokkien language, Education Minister Maszlee have Chinese Descent]. sinchew.com.ny (in Chinese (Malaysia)).
  7. ^ "Simpang Renggam MP Maszlee joins PKR". Bernama. The Edge Markets. 27 November 2021. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  8. ^ Sadho Ram (19 May 2018). "Our New Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik: Who Is He And What Are His Plans?". Says.com. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Maszlee Quits As Education Minister Returns Post To Mahathir". Free Malaysia Today. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Maszlee to remain PH-friendly independent, to focus on education". Free Malaysia Today. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  11. ^ "GE15: Maszlee loses Simpang Renggam". 19 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Maszlee to start lecturing again at University of Cyberjaya".
  13. ^ "The Chairman of IAIS Malaysia".
  14. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  15. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE – 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  16. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  17. ^ "Dashboard SPR". dashboard.spr.gov.my. Retrieved 13 March 2022.

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