PETALING JAYA: Former education minister Dr Maszlee Malik has brushed off speculation that he will return to serve the government.
He said that his Facebook post on Saturday (Jan 7) where he had said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had asked him to “get ready” was misinterpreted by the public.
“Anwar’s remark was interpreted as an offer for a position by many people. (However) I didn’t mention anything about (government positions) in the post,” he said in another Facebook post on Monday (Jan 9).
Maszlee said that Anwar was referring to him returning to work for PKR and Pakatan Harapan ahead of state elections expected this year.
He also said that he has informed Education Minister Fadhlina Siddik that he would volunteer to go on roadshows to schools around the country to meet teachers.
“I have also volunteered with Fadhlina to go to schools and meet teachers to motivate and raise their spirits, especially in the efforts of teachers to rehabilitate students post-Covid-19.
“Through the roadshow, it is also hoped that I will be able to bring the inspiration and voice of the minister and the government to the teachers in ensuring the development of education,” Maszlee said.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, Maszlee congratulated Anwar and said the PKR central leadership committee firmly supported him over reforms for the prosperity of the people and the country.
In the same post too, he said that Anwar has told him to get ready as his sabbatical will be over soon.
“He told me, ‘Just get ready, your sabbatical will soon be over’,” Maszlee had said.
The former Simpang Renggam MP held the Education portfolio during the first stint of Pakatan in 2018 led by Tun Dr Mahathir before resigning in January 2020.