PETALING JAYA: Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar (pic) has dismissed as fake claims that he was a Belford University graduate.
“I am not a university graduate. I have never claimed to have studied at any university, what more a foreign university.
“I am shocked to hear that my name is also being dragged into the mud with false claims that I have a fake degree,” he added.
He said this when asked to comment on an e-poster circulating on social media claiming that he had obtained a political science degree from Belford University in 1992.
“I am shocked. This is utter nonsense. I am not a degree holder.
“I do not have to resort to lying about my academic credentials. In politics, what is important is capability and knowledge.
“I rose from the rank-and-file in politics. I learnt from experience, and I learn from those who are more experienced.
“And I am proud to say that I am a tadika (kindergarten) graduate. And I take pride in defending what is right. I dare voice out in the interest of the rakyat without fear or favour.
“When Kedah was under PAS control, I even criticised the state government for failing to address garbage disposal issues. I was with PAS then, and I dared to voice out,” said Mahfuz, who had quit PAS to join Parti Amanah Negara prior to the 14th General Election.