PETALING JAYA: Following the suspicions over the dubious US-based university from which a deputy minister obtained his degree, MCA has called on DAP to look at its own leaders for similar claims.
DAP’s state assemblyman Paul Yong Choo Kiong’s MBA is from Akamai University, which is suspected to be a degree mill, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“In fact, it was (DAP stalwart) Lim Kit Siang who labelled Akamai University in Hawaii, USA, a degree mill in Parliament back in 2005.
“Furthermore, it was reported then that the National Accreditation Board had described Akamai as another dubious university being investigated by authorities," said Dr Wee in a Facebook post on Friday (Feb 8).
Dr Wee asked if Lim and his party would hold Yong, who is Perak’s Housing and Local Government Committee chairman, to the same standards as Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya, who has been asked to resign.
“Can we expect Paul Yong to be replaced as well as others in the event that they too are discovered to be holding dubious academic qualifications?” asked Dr Wee.
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 admitted that his degree was actually from the Cambridge International University in the United States.
Checks on the university raised more questions on its legitimacy.
In Ipoh, Yong said the allegations over his qualification “is an attempt by MCA to gain political mileage".
The Tronoh assemblyman said he had no interest in commenting on the allegation made by Dr Wee.
“What is the relationship between this and politics? I am not going to comment just to gain political mileage,” said Yong who is also a Perak state exco member.