Tan Sri Sanusi Junid has been sacked as president of the Islamic International University (IIUM).
And I believe he knew it (his sacking) was coming.
Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan replaces him as the fifth IIUM president , effective June 2.
Sanusi. whose term of office ends in 2010, had been IIUM president since February 2000.
On June 5, the former Kedah Menteri Besar told a media conference that he would not step down as IIUM president, adding that he had no intention of using the position to for political gain.
He said this amid speculation on his position as IIUM president after he quit Umno (on May 19) together with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
(Higher Education Minister Khaled Nordin had remarked that Sanusi could remain until the end of his term provided he did not use his position for political gain.)
Sanusi, who has already received the letter sacking him (dated June 2), told the Star that under the university’s constitution, “the president could either resign from his office or be relieved of his position by the constitutional head on the advice of the host member”.
The Pahang Sultan is the constitutional head of the university and the host member was Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Sanusi reiterated that that he had a good relationship with the Sultan, so he thinks that the Sultan had not acted alone on his removal.He, therefore, considers it an ‘honourable sacking.’
"As a result, I am not sad,” he remarked.
(Read Dr Mahathir's take on Sanusi's sacking H E R E.)
Well, they sure wasted little time in getting rid of him.
That's the way the cookie crumbles?