PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong raised questions about the academic transcript shown by Datuk Marzuki Yahya as proof following criticisms over the Deputy Foreign Minister’s degree from a dubious US-based university.
“The university transcript shared by Marzuki as ‘proof’ of his qualification shows that all the nine subjects he had taken is 100% similar to a template transcript on the (Cambridge International University)’s website,” said the MCA president.
According to Dr Wee, there are three possibilities in which this can happen.
The first, Dr Wee said, it is “an extraordinary coincidence”.
“It is harder to find such coincidence compared with getting the first prize in Sports Toto,” he said in his Facebook post on Friday (Feb 8).
Dr Wee noted that the second possibility is that since the university is doubted by many, it could have sent similar results to all “graduates” who paid a fee.
The third possibility, according to the Ayer Hitam MP, involved asking Marzuki “how long did it take to copy, paste and edit” the certificate.
In his Facebook post, Dr Wee shared two transcripts: The first being the certificate sent by Marzuki to the press along with his statement, while the other is a template from the US-based Cambridge International University.
While the font type and size as well as the subjects in both transcripts are different, the grades and grade points in the transcript are similar.
Dr Wee’s post garnered over 1,000 likes and was shared over 200 times in under an hour since it was first posted, with many commentators hitting out at the Pakatan Harapan government over the matter.
Earlier, Marzuki said he would leave it to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to decide if he should retain his position in the Cabinet as well as his position as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary-general.
Marzuki’s academic credentials came under scrutiny after political activist Muhsin Abdul Latheef lodged a police report over a Facebook user’s claim that the University of Cambridge did not offer a distance-learning programme in business administration that Marzuki claims to have pursued.
Marzuki previously said he had a degree from the University of Cambridge pursued through a distance-learning programme.
However, he later said that his degree is actually from the Cambridge International University in the United States.
Checks on the US-based university raised more questions on its legitimacy.