Wee: Marzuki and Paul Yong are welcome to enrol in TAR UC

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya and Perak executive councillor Paul Yong Choo Kiong can study at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) if they really want a degree that is recognised, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

His suggestion came after the two politicians came under public scrutiny for having degrees from two questionable US-based universities.

Dr Wee in a Facebook post on Saturday (Feb 9), advised them to enrol in TAR UC, and provided a link to the university college.

The 50-year-old TAR UC, set up and run by MCA, has produced some 200,000 graduates to date.

Yong, who is Tronoh assemblyman and Perak's Housing and Local Government Committee chairman, has listed a Masters in Business Administration from Akamai University in the United States as one of his academic qualifications.

The DAP man declined to comment on the matter on Friday (Feb 8), saying, "What is the relationship between this and politics?"

On Friday (Feb 8), Marzuki confirmed his degree is from the Cambridge International University in the United States and not the famous University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Prior to that Marzuki, 49, said he had a degree from Cambridge via a distance learning programme.

Following calls for Marzuki, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary-general, to resign over the controversy, Dr Wee asked DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and DAP if they would hold Yong to the same standards.

He reminded the DAP stalwart it was him (Lim) who had labelled Akamai University in Hawaii, the United States, a "degree mill" back in 2005.