Mixed reactions over Vivy Yusof's appointment into UiTM’s board

UiTM announced the appointment yesterday. -Pix from Vivy's Instagram

By Huzraifah Atikah

The founder of FashionValet and the dUck Group Datin Vivy Sofinas Yusof has been appointed as director in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).

UiTM announced the good news through their official Facebook page and Vivy Yusof also posted it on her personal Instagram, with a caption that says:

“Goosebumps when I saw this. Alhamdulillah, I’ve been given a huge task from the Minister of Education now as the youngest Board Member of UiTM, a beloved university in Malaysia.

I have so much respect for the Chairman and other Board Members for doing what they do, and although I don’t have the same wealth of experience, I hope to contribute all that I can to give fresh ideas, bring some newness to UiTM and hopefully benefit the education industry in many ways. Bismillah to this new role!”

Many local celebrities and fans congratulated her on this but she also received many mixed reactions from netizens. 

Some netizens criticised UiTM’s decision to appoint the 31-year-old social media influencer as she is not an UiTM alumni, while others believed that many other academicians were more deserving. Here are some of the comments:

However, there were also netizens who supported UiTM’s decision to elect the young entrepreneur.

Following the heated debate among netizens on the issue, a Twitter user @AimanPsikologi posted Vivy's overall entrepreneurial achievements and why she deserves the appointment.

"Vivy is a law graduate from the London School of Economics (LSE)'.

‘She is an award-winning entrepreneur, who was also listed on Forbes 30 under 30 Asia back in 2017'.

'Collaboration with Disney'!

'More collaboration with Hollywood movies like Crazy Rich Asians and the latest is with X-Men Dark Phoenix'.

So what do you think of this news? Do you agree with Vivy Yusof's appointment?