PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) lambasted Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming for labelling the party “desperate for political ideas” in questioning various dubious academic credentials among Pakatan Harapan leaders.
“It used to be the DAP, especially (Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister) Dr Ong Kian Ming, who had on numerous occasions questioned the education qualifications of Barisan Nasional leaders in the past.
“According to Nga’s logic, does this mean DAP or Dr Ong is also desperate of ideas?
“Or is the deputy speaker (Nga) not happy with the deputy minister?” he said in his Facebook on Tuesday (Feb 12).
On Saturday (Feb 9), Dr Wee raised questions on how Tronoh assemblyman Paul Yong Choo Kiong was able to obtain a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Hawaiian-based Akamai University without first getting a degree.
He also pointed out that DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang had, in 2005, labelled the university a “degree mill.”
In Yong’s defence, Nga has called MCA and Dr Wee “desperate for political ideas” and should apologise to Yong for defaming him.
Dr Wee said before DAP came into power to rule the country together with Pakatan partners, DAP had wanted Barisan to sack ministers with dubious academic credentials.
“But, after coming into power, it is okay for Pakatan leaders to have questionable qualifications; it is even okay to pretend.
“This is the most well played ‘double standard’ by DAP - a changed head following a changed position,” said Dr Wee in another Facebook post on the same issue.
In two screen shots posted by Dr Wee, it showed that Dr Ong had in June 2013 asked then prime minister to sack members of Cabinet found with engineered academic qualifications to prove his commitments to government reform.
Whereas on last Thursday (Feb 7), Dr Ong has reportedly said on his Twitter that “You don’t need a degree to be an effective politician. Just like you don’t need a degree to be a successful CEO. What is not acceptable is to claim you have a degree when you don’t have one, or the one you have is from a degree mill.”