UiTM Sarawak’s first rector, Mansor Ali, dies at 85

Mansor Ali died of cardiac arrest – NSTP Pix

By John Isaac

MANSOR Ali, who was the first rector of Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) Sarawak branch, died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday night.

He was 85.

Mansor had complained of breathing difficulties and was brought to a clinic in Bukit Besi, Terengganu, by his daughter and son-in-law.

He was pronounced dead at 11.35pm.

Mansor was laid to rest yesterday afternoon at the Bukit Besi Muslim cemetery.

The news was confirmed by his son, Ahmad Lokman, who is the New Straits Times Group Editor.

Mansor began his career at UiTM in 1968, when it was then known as Institut Teknologi Mara (ITM).

On July 20, 1973, he was appointed as the rector of ITM’s Sarawak branch, a position he served until Nov 30, 1976.

Working alongside him was his wife, Aisyah Mansor @ Elsa Aisyah de Maldonado, who was a lecturer in accounting.

Mansor later moved to ITM Dungun and was the rector for the branch from 1985 until his retirement in 1990.