PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called upon Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo to investigate the source of purportedly inaccurate information about the academic credentials of several ministers.
The former prime minister cited the case of Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, who admitted that he did not have a degree and did not graduate.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu also claimed that they had never said they were university graduates.
In a statement on his official Facebook page Monday (Feb 11), Najib said it was “weird” that the “fake news” that these ministers were graduates was obtained from biodatas issued by the government’s official news channel, Bernama.
The profiles were disseminated when the personalities mentioned were appointed ministers about nine months ago.
“What have they done in the nine months since? They kept quiet. This was sourced from Bernama, and not just Wikipedia,” said Najib.
To his knowledge, he said, it is a norm for Bernama to request biographical details from the aides and press secretaries of new ministers to use in their news reports.
“After these denials, Bernama, under the Pakatan Harapan government, is clearly releasing non-credible news to the rakyat,” he added.
The question now is whether the Bernama editorial team made mistakes, or whether the ministers’ own teams provided false information, said Najib.
“Will the Communications and Multimedia Minister from DAP, who is also the minister overseeing Bernama, investigate who is actually the source of this non-credible news?
“Who is lying? Bernama or the officers of the ministers?” he added.
The three other Pakatan Harapan politicians who have had their education credentials questioned are Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and Perak state executive councillor Paul Yong Choo Kiong.