SEREMBAN: The Legal Profession Qualifying Board should quickly recognise the law degree from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim) in full as more delays will be detrimental to its graduates, says Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
The Umno deputy president said since the board did not fully recognise the qualification, Usim law graduates cannot act as advocates or solicitors or practise law in Malaysian courts.
"I fail to understand why it is so difficult for Usim to get full recognition from the board chaired by the Attorney General.
"The delay is despite Usim having provided feedback, complying with the necessary requirements and additional conditions imposed by the board," he said in a statement Tuesday (July 21).
The delay, he said, has made it difficult for graduates of the public university who wished to practise law to plan their future.
Checks with Usim showed that the university first applied to have its law degree fully recognised when its first batch graduated in 2010.
To date, the university has produced 521 law graduates.
Mohamad said if the delay was due to bureaucracy, then this was akin to victimising the graduates.
"But if the delay is not bureaucratic, then there will be a perception that the board seems to have a hidden agenda," he said.
Checks on Usim's website showed it has nine faculties offering 86 academic programmes.
As of February, it had an enrollment of 11,546 students, including foreign students.
Its Syariah and Law Faculty offers honours degrees in Law and Shariah, Fiqh and Fatwa and Shariah (Halal Industry).
Mohamad said all programmes offered by public universities were strictly monitored by its senate, board of directors, the Higher Education Ministry and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
Citing an example, he said before an institution of higher learning can offer a law programme, it has to first go through several processes monitored by experts in the field.
"I have the highest respect for law practitioners in Malaysia and some of the better ones are my friends.
"They have always upheld integrity, and quality of impeccable standards.
"So, to preserve the good name and the reputation of the board, I hope the matter can be resolved swiftly," he said, expressing hope that the Attorney General would be able to quickly shed some light on the matter.
Mohamad said he had served as Usim minister-mentor when he was Negri Sembilan mentri besar and had closely followed developments there.
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