Datuk Rafiah Salim is apparently tired of the controversy surrounding the appointment of her successor as vice-chancellor of Universiti Malaya (UM). She also felt being treated unfairly after being insinuated of ‘not performing’ by a deputy minister in parliament as part of the reason of her replacement.

“I just want to correct something wrong done to me….(it’s not about) not extending my contract. That’s their right. They can do whatever they want. They can appoint a monkey if they want,” she said.

Datuk Rafiah Salim was making a history by becoming Malaysia’s first woman vice-chancellor following her appointment to the post at Universiti Malaya from May 1 on a two-year contract. She was replacing Prof Datuk Dr Hashim Yaacob, whose term expired a month earlier.