University of Malaya apologizes for pro-Zionist academic controversy

University of Malaya apologizes for pro-Zionist academic controversy

KUALA LUMPUR: The University of Malaya (UM) has issued a statement apologizing following the decision to allow American academic believed to be pro-Israel, Dr. Bruce Gilley, to speak as an invited lecturer at the institution. “UM regrets the controversial statement made and the disrespectful sentiments of the public as circulated on social media.

“A comprehensive report on this issue is being prepared, and strict action will be taken against those found to be involved,” according to the institution’s media statement on Thursday.

UM, in the statement, also noted the suggestion from the Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir, directing for the cancellation of any programs and activities scheduled to be attended by the lecturer immediately. The university also said it is improving procedures and implementing stricter guidelines, particularly regarding background checks on any individuals or parties to be collaborated with, including assessments of social media profile risk.

Meanwhile, the institution also condemned Gilley’s recent statement regarding the safety aspect of travelers to Malaysia. “This is an irresponsible and extreme statement that has sparked anger among all Malaysians,” the statement further wrote. Earlier, Gilley claimed that he had left Malaysia and alleged that Malaysia is not a safe country to visit at this time. “I have safely left Malaysia, earlier before the government-backed Islamist protesters held demonstrations there,” he tweeted on Thursday.

Previously, UM faced criticism for allowing an American academic to spread Zionist propaganda and accusing Malaysian politicians who support the struggle for Palestine of spreading hatred against Jews.

A Political Science Professor, Bruce Gilley, was reported to have accused Malaysian politicians of advocating for a ‘second Holocaust’ against the Jews and also attacking former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. This sparked dissatisfaction among internet users who were questioning his account, while others criticized UM for inviting a pro-Zionist lecturer.

UM is understood to have launched an investigation into his remarks and has canceled another lecture by Gilley scheduled tomorrow, organized by the Institute of China Studies at the university. A review of Gilley’s X account found that he had deleted all posts related to his speech and statements containing Israeli propaganda issued in Kuala Lumpur.

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