KOTA KINABALU: Politicians, civil servants and businessmen are among those who bought degrees from unrecognised or non-existent universities offered by a local syndicate.
The syndicate, which is now under police investigation for fraud, offered phoney doctorates, and master’s and bachelor's degrees.
Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm Shah Gzali Shahadad confirmed the probe, and urged those who had obtained “academic qualifications” from the syndicate to come forward and assist the police.
Names of prominent politicians, civil servants and businessmen from Sabah are listed on a website as among those whom the syndicate had provided such degrees, allegedly from British and American universities.
The syndicate, initially operating from an outlet at Asia City complex here, had even organised convocations where scrolls were given out to recipients.
Shah Gzali said the syndicate members had been shifting their base of operations to evade arrest but the police were on their trail.
“It is going to take us some time as this syndicate can move and operate from any place,” he said yesterday.
On July 17, 46-year-old writer Musli Oli lodged a police report claiming that several prominent political figures in Sabah had allegedly bought fake degrees from the syndicate.
The writer made the police report after a local politician allegedly threatened him for exposing the syndicate.
“On July 14, I received a call from a man whom I know, and the caller said he was asked by the ‘Datuk’ to tell me not to expose the syndicate’s activities,” Musli claimed.
Musli alleged that several people paid RM8,600 for a diploma from a company which acted as a front for the syndicate, while the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees, and doctorates cost more.
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