KUALA LUMPUR: MCA has asked Lim Kit Siang to come clean on the issue of dubious diplomas involving Tronoh assemblyman Paul Yong Choo Kiong.
MCA central committee member Datuk Chew Kok Woh (pic) has urged the DAP supremo to address the matter directly instead of being defensive and evasive.
"He has chosen to tai chi (deflect) the issue by raising other matters and giving rhetoric replies.
"It was he himself who questioned US based University of Akamai in 2005 but now in 2019, because he is in the government, he suddenly has amnesia problem," Chew said in a statement.
Chew also told Lim not be personal, in his rebuttals, against MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong on this issue.
"Kit Siang has lost plenty of respect in the manner in which he has sidetracked this issue.
"This is not the Kit Siang that we know but a new person who has become an apologist.
"What has happened to you? Please keep your honour, don't let power compromise your integrity," he added.
Dr Wee had questioned how Yong was able to obtain a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) without first holding a basic degree.
Yong had listed an MBA from Akamai University, United States, which has been accused of being a "degree mill".
Chew said DAP leaders had stayed away from the controversy involving Yong and other Pakatan Harapan leaders, whose education background had been questioned.
"If the DAP is still in the opposition, Kit Siang would be demanding these elected representatives to resign or be sacked but of course, he now sings a different tune," said Chew.
Lim had in a statement claimed that Malaysia is facing the most toxic and vicious politicking in the nation's history, post GE14.
"If Malaysian politics was as toxic and vicious in the past as now, my LLB (Hons) degree would have been raised as an issue – in the way that Pakatan Harapan leaders, whether Minister or Deputy Minister, are now being questioned about their academic qualifications, whether with or without basis," he said.