Syed Saddiq: I am personally and principally against the use of false education credentials

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  • Sunday, 10 Feb 2019

SEMENYIH: Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman said he is "personally and principally" against the use of false education credentials by anyone.

"I think Malaysia stands on a higher moral ground than that on the issue," he told reporters on Sunday (Feb 10) after a programme to change motorcycle engine oil for free at Kampung Sesapan, Batu Rembau, here.

He was asked whether Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya should resign following the whole fiasco about his degree.

Syed Saddiq said the most important thing was to give leeway to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to decide as he had the prerogative to do so as the Prime Minister.

"My stance on the issue is that if it is a truly falsified document, I am principally against it as anyone should be but I believe the explanation from Marzuki's side has already been given,” Syed Saddiq said.

Marzuki, the man caught in the Cambridge fiasco, says he played no part in the misinformation that his degree was from the UK university.

He maintained that he had always said he was from the Cambridge International University (CIU) in the United States, which he enrolled in the year 2002.

CIU stated on its website that it was not an accredited university. It has come under intense scrutiny and increasing suspicion that it is a “diploma mill” that awards degrees with little or no study.

It claims to offer 150 programmes, but only has 12 faculty members and 13 adjunct faculty members listed on its website, which is currently down.

Furthermore, pictures of many of its faculty members seem to be stock images, while one carried the watermark of an online dating site. The university page has been down since Friday.

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