Dr M: Crimes by the educated more worrying

  • Nation
  • Monday, 22 Aug 2005

IPOH: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed his concern about the rising trend of corruption and misuse of power among the highly educated and those holding senior posts in the government and private sector. 

“Nowadays, we hear and read about crime and misuse of power, including bad financial management, committed by those who are educated and hold important jobs. 

“Education by itself is dangerous.  

“If an educated person carries out a crime, the consequences are greater for the country compared to (crime committed by) a person who is uneducated,” he said in his speech at the fifth convocation of Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Tronoh. 

Dr Mahathir, who is the university chancellor, associated those involved in corruption, including the misuse of knowledge, as “not having any noble values.” 

“Some of them say there is nothing wrong in receiving just a little bit but the problem starts when the practice becomes a culture. A little bit becomes a larger sum while the poor gets poorer. 

“These corrupt practices will worsen until corruption is involved in everything,” he said, adding that this was occurring in some countries now.  

He presented the Chancellor’s gold medal to Noradnin Hafeeza Nawawi, the silver medal to N. Harikrishnan and the bronze medal to Ee Chang Lih for being exemplary graduates.  

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