Maszlee Malik

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Maszlee Malik

مزلي بن مالک
Maszlee Malik 2018 (cropped).jpg
Maszlee Malik in 2018
Minister of Education
In office
21 May 2018 – 3 January 2020
MonarchMuhammad 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
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byLiang Teck Meng (BN-Gerakan)
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 46)[1]
Johor Bahru, Johor
Political partyBERSATU (2018–2020)
PEJUANG (2020)
Independent (since 2020)
Alma mater
Maszlee Malik on Facebook
Maszlee Malik on Parliament of Malaysia

Dr. Maszlee bin Malik (Jawi: مزلي بن مالک‎; Chinese: 马智礼; pinyin: Mǎzhìlǐ[2]) is a Malaysian politician who served as the Minister of Education in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from May 2018 to January 2020. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Simpang Renggam since May 2018.[3] He was a member of Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU) from March 2018 to his membership termination in May 2020 and member of the Homeland Fighters' Party (PEJUANG) briefly from its formation in August 2020 to his resignation from the party in November 2020 before becoming an independent.[4]


Born in Johor Bahru, Johor, he is of Hakka Chinese (his mother) and Malay descent. 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. 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 joined the PH coalition's component party, BERSATU in March 2018 and defeated incumbent Liang Teck Meng for the Simpang Renggam constituency in the 2018 general election (GE14).[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.[7] After some 20 months of his appointment, he resigned from the ministerial position in January 2020.[8]

Education vision[edit]

As a minister, Maszlee introduced student-oriented system to primary schools to replace a formerly exam-oriented structure. He had also made reforms to mitigate teacher's clerical burden, empowered technical and vocational education on the tertiary level and amended restrictive law which had previously suppressed students’ freedom of speech in universities and colleges.

His time in academia did not encase him in the proverbial academic ivory tower, exemplified through his commitment to helping students remain globally competitive in an era of vast technological change and globalization. Recognizing that vocational education is essential in transforming Malaysia from a nation of consumers to a nation of producers, he formed a national steering committee to expand TVET collaborations with industry stakeholders alongside increasing access to polytechnics and community colleges.

Maszlee believes that nobody should be left behind, and that every child deserves an equal opportunity in education. To that end, he has pioneered efforts to improve the access and quality of education for marginalized and disadvantaged communities. He has increased access for nearly 5,000 students from low- income communities in fully sponsored state boarding schools, and is working towards providing free meals to disadvantaged students nationwide. He has introduced the Zero Reject Policy, which ensures that stateless children have access to the national schooling system.


In 2018 Maszlee ventured into politics. Aside from his position as a parliamentarian member and a minister, he currently holds various positions, including:

  • President of Southeast Asia Minister of Education Organization Council (SEAMEO)
  • President of Malaysia National Commission for UNESCO (MNCU)
  • Head of the Council of Boy Scouts Malaysia
  • Chairman of Tunku Abdul Rahman Board of Trustees

Humanitarian involvement[edit]

Maszlee believes that education should be inclusive and empowering. He taught at the International Islamic University Malaysia, with affiliation with two departments—fiqh and political science. He was also actively involved in volunteering works. He was the advisor of Orkids (a charitable body for children with special needs in Selangor), board member of IDEAS Autism Centre, and advisor for TFTN (Teach for the Needs).

Books authored[edit]

  • Foundations of Islamic Governance: A Southeast Asian Perspective
  • Good Governance, Civil Society & Islam
  • Shqiptar di Champs Elysees

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[9][10][11]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 P151 Simpang Renggam, Johor Maszlee Malik (BERSATU) 18,157 49.61% Liang Teck Meng (Gerakan) 14,682 40.11% 36,601 3,475 83.19%
Mohd Jubri Selamat (PAS) 2,983 8.15%


  1. ^ "Bernama Radio on Instagram: "Infografik: Profil Menteri Pendidikan #BernamaRadio #semuanyatentanganda #pakatanharapan"". Instagram.
  2. ^ 马智礼:任教长首要任务·让师生教学快乐 [Main task as Education minister – to make teachers and students' teaching happy] (in Chinese). Sin Chew Daily. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Dr Maszlee Malik menteri pelajaran baru (Dr Maszlee Malik the new Education minister)". 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Maszlee to remain PH-friendly independent, to focus on education". Free Malaysia Today. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  5. ^ Malik, Maszlee (2011). "Constructing the Architectonics and Formulating the Articulation of Islamic Governance: A Discursive Attempt in Islamic Epistemology" (PDF).
  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]. (in Chinese).
  7. ^ Sadho Ram (19 May 2018). "Our New Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik: Who Is He And What Are His Plans?". Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Our New Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik: Who Is He And What Are His Plans?". Free Malaysia Today. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  10. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE – 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  11. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.

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