PUTRAJAYA, Feb 10 2019 : The issue of academic credentials involving Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders needs to be explained to the public, said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad .
He said the explanation was necessary as there were many universities that were not accredited in 2005 and the years before.
He said if it involved universities that were not accredited, it was not a big deal.
“Ultimately, what’s important is that those entrusted with a position is someone that is trustworthy.
“They must do their utmost to fulfil their responsibilities to the best of their abilities. That is more important,” he told reporters after launching the Putrajaya Parks’ Day at Taman Wetland here, today.
Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Senator P. Waytha Moorthy, said Datuk Marzuki Yahya was appointed deputy foreign minister by Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, based on his credibility, political strength with the grass roots and contribution to PH’s victory in the May 2018 general election.
In a statement today, Waytha Moorthy said: “Marzuki has explained why he obtained the degree, which was some 17 years ago, and this should be sufficient.”
Waytha Moorthy said PH leaders are credible irrespective of their tertiary education and capable of accomplishing the public’s desire to reform Malaysia which under the previous government was beset by corruption and malfeasance.
Waytha Moorthy said Marzuki has performed well in his capacity as a government servant and is well-received by the public and foreign emissaries.
“I hope Malaysians who voted for the new government will realise this move by certain quarters to harp on a non-issue is an attempt to dent the credibility and confidence placed by the rakyat in the Pakatan Harapan government,” he said.
On Friday, Marzuki produced a copy of his academic transcript and Bachelor of Business Administration (Logistics Management) degree from the Cambridge International University (CIU) in the United States after a police report was made against him by political activist, Muhsin Abdul Latheef.
The report followed a Feb 3 posting by a Facebook user who cast doubt on Marzuki’s Cambridge degree when the long distance programme is not provided by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. – Bernama